Tuesday, 19 June 2012


At this year’s Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) AGM, some of the industry’s leading figures were awarded honours in recognition of their contributions to the industry and Institute.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Trophy for services to the Institute was awarded to Mario Del Signore, Chairman of the IAI’s South East branch and long-time supporter of the organisation. He was presented with his trophy by GAI President Phil Newson. Mario has been instrumental in revitalising the South East branch and is one of the Institute’s most vocal advocates in the trade.

This year’s Paul Lewis trophy for customer service, sponsored by Royde and Tucker, was won by GB Locking Systems. The company is a relatively new member of the GAI but it is clear that their customer service is first class because they received several nominations from around the UK. “It is clear that they offer exemplary customer service, critical in the current climate where this can give you a huge edge over competitors who maybe offer cheaper products,” says Andy Matthews, the IAI’s National Chairman.

Finally Fellowship of the Institute was awarded to Chris Colley of John Monaghan Ltd. Chris has been actively involved in the IAI for many years, including a stint as National Chairman from 1998 to 2000. Originally from the South West where he served for many years on branch committee, Chris moved to the North in the early 00’s to work for Monaghan Group. Despite his relocation, Chris has continued his involvement with the IAI by holding various positions on the North West branch (currently he is branch secretary). He had several nominations for the award and the IAI Executive Committee decided to award him the Fellowship from a very strong shortlist.

Membership of The Institute Section of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers is open only to those individuals actively engaged in the architectural ironmongery industry who have either gained the GAI Diploma or had such practical training and a minimum of ten years experience. For more information on the Institute visit http://www.iai.uk.com .

Pictured Left to Right: Phil Newson, (GAI President), Mario Del-Signore (recipient of the GAI Trophy for services to the Institute), and Gary Amer (CEO of the GAI)


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