Two new appointments at GGF

Stephen Payne and John Agnew
Stephen Payne and John Agnew

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has made two new appointments.

Stephen Payne, deputy managing director of Britelite Windows, has been confirmed as vice-president by the GGF Board, while Russell Day has been appointed as director of Home Improvement.

Stephen was elected for the vice-presidency by his colleagues on the Home Improvement executive and takes on the role with immediate effect.

Stephen started in the industry with Britelite Windows in January 1984 (approaching 34 years) as a junior surveyor and has grown with the company, working his way up to deputy MD with responsibilities in all areas of the business.

In 2000, Britelite Windows re-joined the GGF and Stephen started attending the Kent Surrey and Sussex regional meetings. In 2015, he served as chair of the Window and Door Group and is now chair of the Home Improvement Executive.

Stephen commented: “I am a strong believer in the ethos and values of the GGF and in improving the status of our industry which has been unjustly maligned over many years.

“With so much going on in the home improvement sector just now and with challenging times ahead, it’s important the GGF has a strong board to channel its resources effectively for the benefit of members and the industry as a whole. I am looking forward to being vice-president and will aim to provide my full support to GGF president, John Agnew, the Board and of course GGF members.”

Russell Day

Russell Day, who takes over from Brian Smith as director of Home Improvement, is a trained engineer who has worked in the window and door industry for 25 years.

As technical director at Abbott Joinery, he was reportedly involved in the development of PVC-U window and cavity closer systems. During this period he also worked in site installation, contract management and the development of supply chain procedures.

Russell next moved to an Italy based composite material systems company, before returning to the UK, where he joined the GGF as a technical officer, before becoming a senior technical officer. Russell is currently secretary of the GGF heritage window group, hardware group, insulated glass manufacturers and glazing components groups and systems house groups. He also chairs the industry’s glazing supply chain group.

On taking up his new role, Russell said: “The home improvement sector is vitally important to the GGF and I’ll ensure that our members continue to receive the best technical support and all the latest changes in government policy and legislation. I am very much looking forward to taking on this role and progressing this side of the federation’s activities.”