The Institute of Architectural Ironmongery has appointed Joanne Milne-Rowe as its new national chairwoman. It announced the appointment at its AGM on Saturday.

Milne-Rowe has been in the industry for more than 20 years and has a wealth of experience in architectural hardware, mechanical security and electronic access control.

She has been IAI vice chairwoman for the last year, alongside her current role as Business Development Manager at Codelocks. She previously served as chairwoman for the IAI's South East region.

She said: “I hope that, as chairwoman 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.”

Replacing Milne-Rowe as vice chairwoman of the IAI is current South West branch chairwoman Deborah Chance, Customer Support Team Leader at dormakaba.

Chance has nearly 18 years of industry experience as well as holding a GAI and an FDIS diploma, and being a RegAI.

Chance is pictured (L) with Milne-Rowe (R).