Saturday 26 November 2022

Architectural Ironmongery Celebrates Individual and Company Excellence at London Ceremony

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has presented its Community Awards in a prestigious ceremony at London’s Oval cricket ground.

The GAI Community Awards celebrate the very best businesses and individuals in the architectural ironmongery industry, with categories for achiever, company innovation, customer focus, leadership, and fellowship.

Hosting a ceremony with more than 300 guests, GAI Chief Executive Simon Forrester said:
“These awards are held to raise the profile of exceptional commitment, innovation, customer focus, leadership and achievement throughout our sector. 
“As the chair of the judging panel I first want to congratulate everyone who was nominated for one of today’s awards. The standard was incredibly high and each category was extremely competitive. 
“But of course there must be winners. And all of today’s winners were able to demonstrate that extra special something, that understanding of the need to really go the extra mile, which separates the exceptional from the very good.”
GAI Community Award winners were announced in the following categories:

Achiever – to seek out and acclaim the brightest and best among those who are still developing their careers in the sector.

Winner: Gareth Ward DipGAI MGAI DipFD, CBS Midlands.

Shortlisted: Raj Jagdev, Phoenix; Daniel Llewellyn, SDS London; Jeroame Thomas, Franchi.
Company Innovation – for companies which have demonstrated they are innovating through improved processes that deliver positive change to them, their customers or wider society.

Winner: Borg Locks

Shortlisted: Dormakaba; Norseal.
Leadership – celebrating those who have demonstrated leadership within the architectural ironmongery sector.

Winner: Ros Bayliss, Marketing Manager, Codelocks
Customer Focus – formerly the Paul Lewis Award, this award is for individuals, companies or teams that have delivered excellence in customer service.

Winner: Roy Buckingham DipGAI RegAI, ABLOY UK

Shortlisted: James Bowden, Codelocks; Norseal
Fellowship – awarded to an individual who has shown a longstanding and ongoing commitment to the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers.

Winner: Colin Campbell DipGAI MGAI, Managing Director, Codelocks

Read more about the GAI Community Award winners, and how to enter the 2023 awards, at

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