Group management changes

The GGF has made changes to its senior management team, in a bid to unite and integrate the various operational arms of the organisation.

Senior managers will now work across the GGF Group, focusing on specific business functions rather than operating as separate businesses.

Duplication will be significantly reduced while efficiency and communication will benefit considerably, the GGF said.

The brands that will remain include: the GGF Trade Federation, Fensa, Risa, BFRC, Installsure, and Borough IT.

Anda Gregory, chief development officer, who has led the process, said: “At the heart of the restructure is the desire to make the most of the talent, skills and expertise that we have within the GGF Group.

“Many of our talented people often worked alongside each other but on different brands and with differing goals and objectives. This re-organisation allows our people to focus their skills for the benefit of the whole group and, of course, for our members and customers of our commercial businesses.”

In addition to the existing executive management team of Anda Gregory, John Agnew (group managing director), Asha Pyndiah (finance director), and Frieda Nahary (head of HR) the new appointments are: Chris Beedel (head of advocacy) will take up a new role to ensure that the GGF has full time interaction with government, industry and other key stakeholders; Lis Clarke (operations director) takes on the enlarged role overseeing the operations of the Ukas-regulated businesses, Fensa and BFRC; Dave Mechem (director of inspections) continues to oversee Risa assessments and audits, along with developing a broader range of technical support for the commercial brands; Tom Butler (head of sales and marketing) assumes overall responsibility for group sales and marketing; Irene Akpojaro (head of insurance) continues supervising the operation of Installsure and managing all group insurance activity; and James MacPherson (head of operational risk) takes up a new role covering all operational risk, including health and safety, environment and training.

Two long-standing members of staff – Peter Stuttard (GGF head of membership) and James Lee (GGF director of marketing and external affairs) – have decided it is time for a career change and will be moving on to pursue their careers outside the group.

John Agnew said: “It’s always sad to see long-standing employees move on. This change process gives colleagues the opportunity to assess what they want from their career and lives more generally and can inevitably result in the realisation that it’s time for a change. Both Peter and James have been loyal servants to the GGF. They will be missed, and we wish them both well in whatever the future holds for them.”

The GFF is actively recruiting for the position of head of membership and customer relations, whose focus will be on continuing delivery of value and benefits to members and customers along with the development of additional membership benefits, with a strong emphasis on the GGF Trade Federation.

Anda said: “During the recruitment process, our GGF regional managers will ensure it is business as usual for GGF members in receiving the very best service possible. We will also continue to enhance our excellent GGF technical team, which was recently expanded following John Mannell joining the team.

“These appointments are designed to drive the GGF Group and its brands forward to deliver powerful, tangible benefits to our GGF membership, our commercial businesses and to the glass and glazing industries collectively as the primary representative organisation for the sector. We have the very best people in place to deliver some very ambitious plans over the coming years, to offer real value for members.”