Saturday 7 May 2022

New Chair for ADSA

Mark Ayton, Managing Director of Record UK, has been elected Chair of the Automatic Door Association for the next two years.

He took on the role last month (April) – at a key time for the Association as it prepares to launch several new initiatives that will support member organisations, their teams and future workforce development through training and apprenticeships.

Mark has enjoyed a career, spanning more than 30 years, and has held senior management roles in the US and the UK. A physics and electronics graduate of the University of Exeter, he spent 14 years working in the fire detection industry at Honeywell before joining Record UK and the automatic door industry in 2017.  He lives in the Midlands with his wife, Kim and has one grown-up daughter.

Of his 2017 appointment to lead Record UK, Mark said: 
“I wanted to work in a different industry after 14 years in fire safety. It is not totally unrelated, as both involve products with safety standards for commercial buildings. I was also keen to run a smaller business because I'm very people-centric”.

He continued: “I am honoured to take on the role of ADSA Chair and build on the great work that has been achieved in recent years. ADSA has come on leaps and bounds in both professionalism and the impact it's having in the industry. Ken Price as Managing Director has a lot to do with this and I’m really looking forward to working with him to continue this progress.” 

“I hope that my experience will help ADSA become even stronger.  Having been a board member of FIA (Fire Industry Association), I know how this long-established association developed to create one voice for the fire industry. I think there's the same opportunity for ADSA in the automatic door industry.” 

ADSA Managing Director Ken Price, said that he looked forward to working with Mark as Chair: 
“Mark is held in high esteem as a leader within the automatic door industry. He has a remarkable mind, eye for detail and considerable experience within the wider engineering and construction industry. Having played an active role on ADSA’s executive committee for the past four years, I know that he will be hands-on in helping us achieve our goals and assist us in achieving further growth and success.” 
The Automatic Door Association (ADSA) was formed in 1985 to establish quality and safety standards for the automatic door industry. It developed the first industry code of practice which covered safety aspects of automatic doors for pedestrian use. This subsequently formed the basis of BS 7036: 1988, a code of practice for the provision and installation of safety devices for automatic, power-operated pedestrian door systems.

Its membership includes manufacturers, suppliers, installers and service providers of automatic doors – from global companies to sole traders. ADSA member organisations supply more than 75% of the UK market.  

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