Do The Strand - Hawkes Flies In To New Role

Srand Hardware's Vicki Hawkes

Vicki Hawkes is the new area sales manager at Strand Hardware. She will be working under Strand’s MD Catherine Franks.

Hawkes believes that although there are more women working in the industry, there are relatively few who are in leadership roles. And so after 23 years in the construction sector, Hawkes is relishing joining a company with a woman at the helm. “It was one of the things that most interested me about the job,” she says.


Covid delay

Appointed in November 2019, Hawkes was just starting her sales activity, covering the southern/eastern half of the Midlands, South Wales, East Anglia and the South of the UK, when the UK went into its first Covid lockdown.

Following furlough and a part-time return, Hawkes is now back in her full-time role and is keen to highlight the benefits of Strand Hardware’s products to fabricators, distribution outlets, architectural ironmongers and locksmiths.



Having worked for Carillion and Assa Abloy UK, Hawkes is experienced in many areas of the industry including fleet management, customer services and sales. Most recently she worked for Alpro Hardware, where she was area sales manager and technical support advisor for the Midlands and South West, selling manual and electrical hardware to distribution and aluminium manufacturers and fabricators.

Her experience in this field will hopefully open new doors for Strand Hardware which offers an extensive range of panic hardware, finger protection devices and window openers.


Strand Hardware

Strand Hardware recently became a member of the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) and the company is already starting to work with a number of key distribution partners to help with this new venture.

Picture: Strand Hardware's Vicki Hawkes.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
24th June 2021


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