New chair of Architectural Ironmongers announced

Left to right: Deborah Chance, vice chair of the IAI and Jo Milne-Rowe, chair of the IAI

Left to right: Deborah Chance, vice chair of the IAI and Jo Milne-Rowe, chair of the IAI

The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has appointed Joanne Milne-Rowe as its new national chair. The appointment was announced at the IAI’s AGM on April 28.

Jo has been in the industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in architectural hardware, mechanical security and electronic access control.

For the past year Jo has served as IAI vice chair alongside her current role as business development manager at Codelocks. Before this, she served as chairman for the south-east region of the IAI.

Jo said: “I hope that as chair of the Institute, I can play a role in changing certain perceptions about the industry and encourage the next generation of talent to seek a career in our ever-changing sector. This is a forward-looking organisation, committed to professional standards and raising the profile of Registered Architectural Ironmongers.

“The Institute is its members, and I want the members to know that I’m here to listen to their thoughts and ideas for taking the IAI forward.”

Mario Del-Signore, outgoing chair of the IAI, said: “In her role as vice chair and in her previous position as chairman of the south-east region, Jo has more than proved her commitment to improving communication and engagement among members. I have no doubts that she will continue to take the Institute from strength to strength.”

Mario Del-Signore was recognised at the AGM for his service to the Institute and his many achievements during his chairmanship, including initiatives to increase the IAI’s presence in Asia and the Middle East.

Replacing Jo as vice chair of the IAI is current south-west branch chair Deborah Chance, customer support team leader at dormakaba.

Deborah has nearly 18 years of industry experience as well as being a GAI Diploma holder, a FDIS Diploma holder and a RegAI. During this time, she has acquired an extensive knowledge of ironmongery, in particular mechanical key systems and access control products.