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GGP 04 Apr 2016

60 WOMEN IN GLAZING We are the WIGs! This photograph, taken at the photoshoot for the 2016 FIT Show advertising campaign, was shot to demonstrate that, slowly but surely, the male domination of the window, door From left to right: Joanna Hankinson (marketing manager, Lancashire Trade Frames), Clare Crockett (marketing manager, Carl F Groupco), Sarah Gyde (marketing manager, Mila), Julie Warner (product manager, Mila), Debbie Hendry (directer, Kolorseal), Clare O’Hara (managing director, Epwin), Sharon Berry, Chantel Roach (marketing director, Distinction Doors), Dee Chamberlain Clare Crockett, marketing manager, Carl F Groupco GGP: Please describe your present position and what that involves. CC: I am the marketing manager for Carl F Groupco which means I take full responsibility for exhibitions, literature production, PR, advertising and managing our websites. I am also involved with new products to ensure that we launch them to market effectively. GGP: How did you come to work in the window industry? CC: I started working in the window industry immediately after completing a marketing management degree. I took the position of marketing assistant, for what was then Carl F Petersen. Since then, I was heavily involved in the brand merge to create Carl F Groupco and in 2014, was promoted to marketing manager. GGP: Which of your characteristics and which circumstances do you believe have been most important in achieving your status within the industry? CC: I think that my dedication and drive to position Carl F Groupco as one of the UK’s leading hardware distributors has been a key factor in achieving my current position. The marketing efforts were key in making the merge successful and I believe this played a significant role in being entrusted with the position of marketing manager. At Carl F Groupco, the management team and directors actively support the growth of their employees and this has allowed me to develop into my role. GGP: And which have presented the greatest barriers to you, if any? I don’t feel that I have come across any real barriers to my career progression – any challenges I have faced have been no different than those faced by anyone else. We work in a demanding industry but with focus, passion, knowledge and creativity, the opportunities are there for career minded people. GGP: What are the best things about working in the window, door and conservatory industry? CC: The people. I’ve always felt welcomed at any event, whether it be a technical conference, awards evening or the FIT Show. There is genuine warmth combined with pride and passion, it is great to be a part of this industry. GGP: What are the worst? CC: I have genuinely drawn a blank at finding anything to say that is ‘the worst’ thing about working in this industry… GGP: What are your aspirations for yourself and the industry? CC: I am really excited about what’s coming next from Carl F Groupco, which will be revealed at the FIT Show 2016! I feel that the industry is on the verge of some great innovation with regards to hardware. and conservatory industry is at last diminishing. The Women in Glazing are gaining ground... www.ggpmag.com April 2016


GGP 04 Apr 2016
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