GGF Chairpersons’ Forum demonstrates great progress

  • 25 Mar 2021

The annual GGF Chairpersons’ Forum, featuring all the GGF’s technical groups, committees, regions and countries, took place via video conference on 18th March.

Representing the 33 Members were chairs, vice-chairs or nominated representatives.

Chairing and hosting was the job of Greg O’Donoghue (Chair of the GGF Marketing and Communications Committee).

Opening the form was GGF President, Tony Smith (above). Following this was a comprehensive presentation from John Agnew, GGF Managing Director.

An Open Forum came next, when representatives of the GGF’s 14 Technical Groups, 4 Committees and 11 Regions were invited to make comments, raise concerns and ask any questions of the GGF Board, President and Managing Director.


In his opening remarks, Tony Smith paid tribute to Stephen Byers, a GGF stalwart and a former Chair, who sadly passed away recently.

Tony also praised Mark Austin, for his contribution as President, the GGF Board and GGF Group Staff for their outstanding commitment and productivity during an extraordinary year that was 2020.

In his presentation, John Agnew (below) clearly showed the Forum where progress has been made and the extent of the developments of the GGF over the last 12 months.



GGF progress

 – An increase in technical influence across standards committees (International, European and UK) as well as more direct technical meetings with Government departments BEIS (Business Energy and Industrial Strategy) and MHCLG (Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government) on energy efficiency and fire safety.

 – The output of the GGF technical department highlighting that the GGF holds over 70 technical meetings per year for its Members and has published 44 technical documents in the last 12 months.

 –  The investment in Health, Safety and Environment, with the appointment of a new manager leading activity in this area that has seen output, during the COVID-19 pandemic, of dozens of updates and articles, a suite of safe guides and the new Health, Safety and Environment Webinar Programme which has been launched recently.

 – The increase in consumer awareness through the GGF’s Stay Safe with campaign which attracted over 200k unique visitors to the and has received coverage that has reached a potential audience of over 100 million.

 – Other new products and services were highlighted such as the GGF Deposit Insurance Scheme, the GGF Digital Marketing Toolkit and the new training courses available through the re-launch of GGF Training and the partnership with Total Support Training.  

‘Exceptional trade body’

Tony Smith comments: “I was pleased to see over 90% of all the GGF’s Chairs present at the Forum and also to hear their views and concerns for the Federation’s future.

“We all share the same goal for the GGF to be an exceptional trade body that not only represents Members to Government but also helps us grow our businesses.”

John Agnew adds: “It was great to see Members from all parts of the GGF represented at the Forum and I was pleased to demonstrate the progress we have made in what has been an incredibly tough year.

“We will continue to work on behalf of Members to ensure the Federation progresses to even greater heights. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended and shared their views at this important GGF annual event.”


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