2019 Speakers Adrian Blaydon GGF With over 25 years’ technical experience in the industry, Adrian specialises in the subjects of fire-resistance, acoustics and solar control. His role at the GGF entails providing expert knowledge primarily to GGF members, which includes inspections, consultancy and the review of technical standards. Adrian Webster Keynote Speaker Adrian Webster’s keynotes help people at all levels make a real difference in their workplace. Drawing on his vast amount of practical experience as a high-performance team builder, leadership, behavioural change and customer service expert, Adrian takes his audience on an emotional roller coaster ride. Anda Gregory GGF Commercial Anda has responsibility for the GGF commercial businesses. Her previous leadership roles focussed on growing businesses and driving efficiencies, including at a private equity-backed professional services group. Andrew Scott Ascot Group Andrew Scott has acquired, built and sold several companies across the glazing industry over a 30-year period and trained at Cranfield School of Management in both marketing and corporate finance. He is the leading marketing and business growth advisor to the fenestration industry and MD of Purplex Marketing and Insight Data. Andy Clegg Fenestrology Andy is a technical expert and training advisor, and has developed the recently launched Survey and Installation Qualifications. He has a keen interest in Thermography and Façade Acoustics and has delivered training on building regulations, competency programmes, health & safety passports and apprenticeships. Chris Alderson UK and Asia Pacific, Edgetech Since 2016, Chris Alderson has been Managing Director of warm edge experts Edgetech. Highly respected throughout the global insulating glass market, he previously served as European Business Director of one of the world’s leading sealant companies. Chris Beedel FENSA Chris has over 30 years of experience working with certification bodies, having been involved with Competent Persons Schemes since their inception in 2002. He has been Director of Membership at FENSA since 2017. Damon Walford Thincats Thincats is a growing force in the business finance market, and David Walford heads the business team. With 25 years’ experience he specialises in acquisition funding and corporate strategy and was previously with Aldermore, RBS and HSBC. Howard Trotter Shelforce As Business Manager for Shelforce, the Birmingham City Council backed window and door manufacturer, Howard Trotter operates a world-class business while challenging the perceptions of people with disabilities and maintaining a philanthropic history that underpins everything they do. Jade Greenhow Insight Data Over the last 8 years Jade has provided industry leaders with in-depth analysis, trends and market research in the UK window, door and conservatory market. She also leads a software team, supporting over 700 users of Insight Data’s game changing ‘Salestracker’ system. Johan Ambulm Assa Abloy Johan was Vice President for Group Technology and Digital Development at Inwido AB. He headed their Smart Connected strategy and launched an end-to-end solution for Smart windows, Smart doors and third-party retail accessories, and recently joined Assa Abloy to spearhead Home Services. John McComb Reynaers John has overall responsibility for the UK Technical Department and services. He has direct input into all UK Major Projects as well as overseeing all UK product developments, including testing, accreditations and the development of bespoke solutions. Jon Arkley Eurocell Recycle Eurocell is a global leader in closed-loop recycling and PVC-U sustainability and is leading the charge on consumer awareness of plastics. Jon is General Manager of Eurocell’s successful recycling operation in Derbyshire and is driving the company’s mission towards carbon free construction. Lis Clarke BFRC An economics graduate, Lis started with BFRC nine years ago and became Operations Director in 2017. Under her tenure, the BFRC has developed the range of products rated under the system as well as the homeowner’s certificate. Mark Barsby British Standards Institute Now in his 35th year connected with the glazing industry Mark has held senior technical positions at VEKA, Deceuninck, Aluplast and Plus Plan. He joined BSI, the national standards body for the UK, in September in 2018 as Technical Development Manager for Fenestration. Mark Spånberg Assa Abloy Swedish based technologist Mark Spånberg has worked across several industries such as medical, automotive and consumer electronics specialising in low power wireless systems. Most recently at Inwido he aided in laying out their digital journey and innovate new solutions for smart doors and windows involving products, gateway and cloud. Martin Troughton Safestyle PLC Martin has a marketing career spanning both agency and in-house. He founded, built and exited a direct marketing agency and went on to be marketing chief of Anglian Windows and Everest, before making the move to Marketing Director of Safestyle. Martin Thurley Liniar With an MBA from De Montford University, Group MD of Liniar and Avantek Machinery, Martin Thurley has been part of the fenestration industry throughout his career, with previous roles at Jeld-Wen, Door-Stop and Masonite. Melissa Barber Dribuild Melissa has over 15 years’ experience in the construction and housing sectors. She leads the charge on cultural transformation and change management, operating at board level on strategic leadership. She is Head of Business Services at Dribuild, a leading construction company and developer. Neil Parker RBS/NatWest Bank Neil is director of RBS Bank and a leading expert on UK and global macroeconomics, international finance and trade. He is a chief market strategist at NatWest Markets in Bishopsgate in the City and a keynote speaker and writer on economics and is a sought-after speaker on Brexit. Peter Hall County Windows Peter has a track record across the industry including Operations Director of Anglian and CEO of Heritage Window Company. More recently he acquired Winchester based County Windows before moving in to buy the assets of Dorset-based Apple Home Improvements from receivers, with a strategy of building a major new home improvement business. Sam Cross Purplex Marketing Sam is an account director at leading full-service marketing agency Purplex and last year celebrated his 10th anniversary at the award-winning company. Sam is responsible for developing powerful multi-channel marketing strategies for some of Purplex’s largest clients. Sam Talby PCR Corporate Restructuring Sam is a lawyer, chartered accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner specialising in providing restructuring and recovery to companies facing operational or financial uncertainty. He has a reputation for guiding stressed businesses back to financial health and advises on the sale of companies and assets. Sunil Patel Unique Window Systems Armed with over 25 years’ experience in the fenestration industry supplying the trade, commercial and new build markets, Sunil is joint Managing Director of Unique Window Systems Ltd – one of Britain’s fastest growing fabricators. Tony Smith Pilkington UK Tony has spent most of his working life in the glass and glazing industry, including 14 years at Pilkington, along with extensive experience with window, door and IGU products, as well as profile extrusion.