New Chief Executive Appointed At GAI

Simon Forrester, Simon Forrester, Julian Newman,

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers has appointed Simon Forrester as its new Chief Executive. He has held leadership roles in the healthcare, business tourism, jewellery and construction sectors.

Forrester had five years as Chief Executive of the Association of Interior Specialists (now FIS) and over seven years as Chief Executive of the British Pest Control Association.

His career began in the NHS, moving into senior management roles in professional institutions and trade associations more than 25 years ago.  

His most recent role has been as chief executive of the National Association of Jewellers which also incorporates the Institute of Registered Valuers. He is also a director of the Institute of Association Leadership, the professional network for chief executives within the UK’s membership sector.

Forrester has an MBA from Birmingham City University, specialising in association development and innovation in not-for-profits.


 “The GAI has spent this year focusing its work on boosting membership benefits, shaping technical and regulatory policy, increasing skills and competence in the sector, and promoting the vital value that GAI and IAI members deliver to the construction supply chain.”

– Julian Newman 

President, Guild of Architectural Ironmongers



Forrester said: “I look forward to working closely with all members to create and deliver integrated services that meet their needs. My key priorities are to learn more about our membership, engage them with benefits, work with the whole door hardware industry to advance the cause of our sector and develop our team to address the challenges we face in the years ahead.”

Picture: Simon Forrester, the new Chief Executive at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
17th December 2020


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