Shortlists announced for GAI Community Awards 2023

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongery (GAI) has announced the shortlisted entries in its 2023 Community Awards.

The GAI Community Awards celebrate individuals and businesses who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and service to the architectural ironmongery industry.
Shortlisted entries are as follows:

Company Innovation - for companies which can demonstrate they are innovating through improved processes and will be able to demonstrate how those improvements have made a difference to them, their customers or wider society.

  • Eurobond Doors
  • Instinct Hardware
  • SDS London

Customer Focus - for individuals, companies or teams that have gone the extra mile to deliver excellence in customer service, whether through new processes or for consistently delivering beyond expectation and delighting the customer.

  • ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Ltd
  • Chloe Bunning, Hafele UK Ltd
  • Daniel Llewellyn, SDS London Ltd
  • Lindsay Ellis, Boss Door Controls Ltd
  • Michelle Watkins, Codelocks UK Ltd
  • Norseal Ltd

Leadership - celebrating those who have demonstrated leadership within the AI sector.

  • Michael Spoors: Managing Director, Norseal Ltd
  • Pat Jefferies: Commercial Director, ABLOY UK
  • Simon Ayers: Sales Director, SDS London Ltd

The winners of these three categories, plus the Fellowship and Achiever awards, will be announced during the GAI Education Awards at London’s The Brewery venue on Thursday 23 November.

The Fellowship Award (FGAI) is made to an individual who has shown a longstanding and ongoing commitment to the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, while the Achiever Award acclaims the brightest and best in the sector who is still developing their career. 

The GAI Community Awards judging panel comprised: Neil Rule, Access 2 (chair); Karena Clayton, Colour Interiors; Angus Grant, Carlisle Brass; Juliette Lambert, County Architectural Ironmongery; and Laurence Whittle, GAI.

Neil Rule said: “It was both an honour and a pleasure to chair the judging panel for these important awards. 

“The nominations received demonstrate the breadth of professionalism and excellence across our sector, together with an ongoing commitment in advancing architectural ironmongery to the highest of levels. 

“Our judges had a difficult task, which is evident in the number of companies and individuals shortlisted across the categories. 

“I look forward to celebrating the announcement of the winners on 23rd November.”