Another one bites the dust

Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell reports on the news that the GGF has lost its new MD.

On Monday, I heard that Shaun McAllister had left the GGF with immediate effect.

In case you can’t quite place him, he was the new managing director who was appointed in December last year. He brought with him “a wealth of knowledge and core industry experience”, most significant of which was his 16 years at Anglian where he rose to divisional operations manager.

Announcing his appointment, the GGF said: “Shaun joins the federation at an exciting time with a new senior management team and improved infrastructure that will see the GGF work closer with its commercial subsidiary companies for the benefit of all connected to the GGF.”

From what I could tell, he was well liked, by some of the members at least. One member told me: “I met him early on and was very impressed. I believed he was the man to change the face of the GGF in a positive way; something that was well overdue.”

According to this same member, he hadn’t received any correspondence from the GGF telling him that Shaun McAllister had left.

When I contacted the GGF for details on Shaun’s departure, I was told: “We are aiming to release a statement next week.”

This of course comes barely a month after the departure of chief executive Phil Pluck who was at the GGF for just one year.

If I was a member of the GGF, I would want to know why the federation has a problem keeping hold of its senior management team. Furthermore, I would want to be told, and not find out via the press or the rumour mill.

We’ll cover more on this in the June issue of Glass Times, and please feel free to contact me if you want to share your thoughts on this story.