Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) technical manager Douglas Masterson has been voted onto the CEN task group for lever handles.

The nonprofit CEN, the European committee for standardization, works to provide uniform standards across Europe and define what testing methods are required to demonstrate meeting the criteria. Its membership comprises trade associations, manufacturers and other interested bodies.

Mr Masterson said: “GAI has been represented on many UK standards-setting groups for many years. However, this is the first time that a GAI employee has been asked to join a group with a European-wide remit.

“I am delighted that I will be able to represent the people at the sharp end of ironmongery and contribute to the door hardware standards setting debates on their behalf.”

Mr Masterson joined the GAI in January 2015 with his appointment marking the first time the Guild has had a permanent, full-time and resident expert managing its technical helpline, providing updates to members and sitting on technical and standards committees in the UK and Europe.

He has worked in the architectural ironmongery industry for more than 25 years, 10 of these as regional manager of MB Architectural for MacNaughton Blair/Lloyd Worrall Group. Prior to that he worked for major players in the sector including Allgood plc and Laidlaw.

He obtained a silver medal in his GAI Diploma in 2000 and has been a member of the GAI’s Executive Committee since 2008.