New President Sworn In Before US Inauguration

Tony Smith, the Glass & Glazing Federations new President.

While across the pond Biden was hoping not to get shot on the way to his US Presidential inauguration, Tony Smith of Pilkington UK was being sworn in as the new President of the GGF.

Smith had been acting as the GGF Group Vice-President. The news was confirmed by the GGF Board who unanimously backed the appointment following former President Mark Austin’s decision to step down from the role on 31 December 2020. Austin will remain on the GGF Board as Immediate Past President.


 “It has been an honour to serve this organisation in this capacity but due to work pressures and personal health concerns, I feel the time is right to stand down for the benefit of all concerned.”

– Mark Austin 

Immediate Past President, Glass & Glazing Federation


New President Smith brings great experience from his background in glass manufacturing. He has been on the GGF Board since 2012, (representing the Flat Glass Manufacturers Council) and more recently the GGF Glazing Executive. In addition, Smith's knowledge and acumen of the political arena saw him join the GGF Political Strategy Committee in 2017, then in December 2019, he was elected GGF Vice-President by his fellow Board Directors.

On becoming GGF President, Tony Smith said: “I am happy to accept the GGF Presidency and to continue the great progress the Federation has made over the last few years as the industry’s main trade body. There are of course huge challenges ahead as the trading environment continues to be adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, now that the Brexit Transition Period has ended and the UK is no longer part of the EU, there will be changes but also exciting opportunities for the industry and the GGF.”


Meet the Board

The GGF has set up a new Meet the Board webpage on with profiles of all the GGF’s Board Directors.

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Picture: Tony Smith, the Glass & Glazing Federations new President.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
20th January 2021


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