Meet the GGF Board Members
GGF Board Members are elected from across the Federation’s infrastructure – including the Glazing Executive, the Home Improvement Executive and the Regional Representatives Committee.
Mark Austin – President
Marketing Director, Hazlemere Windows Company Ltd
Mark is currently Marketing Director at Hazlemere Window Company Ltd in High Wycombe, where he’s been for over 10 years.
Though a graduate with a degree in Archaeology & Geography, he has worked in Sales & Marketing for over 35 years, during which time he was the elected Chairman of the southern region of Marketing Managers Association for more than 5 successive years, chairing quarterly meetings of commercial managers from the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two.
Mark is currently Chairman of the GGF Window & Door Group and sits on the Home Improvement Executive as well as the GGF Board. He was elected GGF President in Jan 2020.
Tony Smith – Vice President
UK Business Development Manager, NSG Pilkington
Tony’s background in glass manufacturing is considerable and he has been on the GGF Board since 2012 representing the Flat Glass Manufacturers Council and more recently the Glazing Executive. Tony’s knowledge and acumen of the political arena has also seen him elected to the GGF Political Strategy Committee in 2017.
Tony was elected Vice-President in December 2019.
Managing Director – Profine UK
Gareth started in the industry 20 years ago with REHAU and has been involved in product development, technical, sales and marketing. In 2018, he was appointed Managing Director of Profine UK. Gareth joined the GGF Board following his election as Chairman of the Systems House Group which was set up in March 2017.
Managing Director, Supaseal Glass Ltd
With over 20 years’ industry experience, Alex was elected onto the GGF Board in 2016 to represent the GGF Regions. He has been Chairman of GGF Scotland since 2012 and is particularly active in political and technical issues affecting Scottish Members. He has been instrumental in developing the GGF’s strong working relationship with Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd
With more than 40 years SME experience, David Thornton created the award winning The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd in 2010, so has real insight into the sharp end of the industry. He been on the GGF Home Improvement Executive since 2016 and was elected Chair of this Executive committee in 2017 when he was also elected onto the GGF Board.
David also sits on the FENSA and RISA Boards and is an elected Members of the GGF Marketing and Communications Committee. In 2018, his company became the first ever to attain Gold Level on the GGF’s GLASS Charter Health and Safety Scheme.
Gaby is joint Managing Director of Ecoglass Ltd and has over 25 years experience in the glass industry. She is also Chair of the East Anglian Region and Vice Chair of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Group. Co-opted onto the Board in April 2019 she is the first female Director to be appointed.