The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce that Mark Austin, Marketing Director of Hazlemere Windows, has been confirmed as Vice-President by the GGF Board.
Mark, who is also the Chairman of the GGF Window and Door Group, was elected for the vice-presidency by his fellow members of the Home Improvement Executive and takes on the role with immediate effect. As Vice-President, Mark represents the Home Improvement side of the industry on the GGF Board.
Mark has a strong background in working with membership organisations. During his time working as a Director in the football industry (for Wycombe Wanderers and QPR), Mark was Chairman of the southern region of the Marketing Managers Association (MMA) and he has also chaired quarterly meetings of commercial managers from the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One and Two. As Chairman of the MMA, he also attended the national professional body, The Institute of Football Management & Administration (IFMA) quarterly executive meetings.
In 2008, Mark joined Hazlemere Window Company Ltd – a family owned and independently run double glazing manufacturer & installer of high quality bespoke aluminium windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries, brise soleil and curtain walling. The company also supplies and fits UPVC windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries and Roofline, along with roof lantern lights, secondary glazing and solid roof conservatories.
At Hazlemere Windows, Mark works in the Commercial team doing Marketing for the Retail & Trade Divisions, along with promoting the Group’s six websites and its showrooms in High Wycombe and Welwyn Garden City.
On accepting the role of GGF Vice-President, Mark commented, “I am pleased to have been elected as GGF Vice-President and happy to represent and express Members’ interests and concerns across all the sectors within the industry. I would also encourage each member company to get the maximum from their GGF annual membership fee by ensuring they get a return on their investment through benefits such as networking at the numerous meetings and events the GGF organises all over the country. I’d also like to Members to take full advantage of all the marketing and PR tools offered free to Members via the members area on the new GGF website.”
In his role as Vice-President, Mark will support the current GGF President John Agnew until 31st December 2019 when John’s tenure expires. Both roles are purely voluntary ones, along with all the other elected Directors who sit on the GGF Board.
Mark summarised, “It is fairly well known that the GGF has had a lot of personnel changes over the last few years as it has been going through a restructuring and governance review. It now needs a period of stability, something I aim to be able to assist with. There are now several new Directors on the GGF Board, blessed with decades of experience in the Glazing Industry, so with them and the rest of the dedicated volunteer elected GGF Directors I hope we can steer the GGF ship into less choppy waters and revitalise what is at heart a superb organisation with over 40 years of history.”