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IAI new chair

by Mark Rowe

Joanne Milne-Rowe is the new national chair of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI), as announced at the IAI’s AGM on Saturday, April 28.

Jo, pictured right, has been in the industry for over 20 years and has experience in architectural hardware, mechanical security and electronic access control. For the past year Jo has served as IAI vice chair alongside her role as business development manager at lock product firm Codelocks. Earlier, she served as chairman for the South East region of the IAI.

Jo said: “I hope that as chair of the Institute, I can play a role in changing certain perceptions about the industry and encourage the next generation of talent to seek a career in our ever-changing sector. This is a forward-looking organisation, committed to professional standards and raising the profile of Registered Architectural Ironmongers. The Institute is its members, and I want the members to know that I’m here to listen to their thoughts and ideas for taking the IAI forward.”

Mario Del-Signore, outgoing chair of the IAI, said: “In her role as vice chair and in her previous position as chairman of the south east region, Jo has more than proved her commitment to improving communication and engagement among members. I have no doubts that she will continue to take the Institute from strength to strength.”

Mario Del-Signore was recognised at the AGM for his service to the Institute, including initiatives to increase the IAI’s presence in Asia and the Middle East.

Replacing Jo as vice chair of the IAI is south west branch chair Deborah Chance, customer support team leader at door hardware and lock product company dormakaba, pictured left. Deborah has nearly 18 years of industry experience as well as being a GAI Diploma holder, a FDIS Diploma holder and a RegAI.

Visit www.gai.org.uk/IAI.

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