Picture above: Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award, Greg ODonoghue
It was a memorable evening at the G17 Awards on 17th November at Park Lane Hilton as Greg O’Donoghue received The GGF Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.
As well as being major sponsors for the event the GGF decided to mark its 40th Anniversary year with this special “Lifetime Achievement Award” and received nominations from numerous sectors of the industry.
Given his exceptional list of achievements for the industry such as being a co-founder of FENSA – the competent persons’ scheme and ensuring glazing was included in the TrustMark scheme, Greg deservedly won the award after 35 years in the industry during which he has become one of the most influential individuals in the domestic glazing sector.
In 2000, Greg was elected GGF President and then in 2002 as Chairman of FENSA he negotiated with Government to bring about legislative change which has proved to be for the benefit of the entire industry and consumers.
Since then Greg has been a consistent industry champion on many fronts including, increasing consumer protection, improving the installation industry standards and campaigning to overcome barriers for glazing in the conservation areas.
On winning the award Greg commented, “I am truly stunned but delighted to have won this award. I can only thank my colleagues at Just Windows and Doors and all those connected to the GGF, who have helped me throughout my time in the industry.”
Greg’s longevity and gravitas in the industry, clearly highlights his passion, industry knowledge and commitment to constantly create a better trading environment for companies large and small.
James Lee, GGF Director of Group Marketing presented the award and commented, “Greg is always accessible to offer advice and promote the industry. His work for the GGF and FENSA has constantly been for the greater good and not for his own personal gain. He is most deserving of the GGF Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Greg concluded, “It’s been a fantastic evening and one I’ll never forget. This is an award that I never expected, but I am pleased my many years of work for the industry have been recognized in this way.”