The Door & Hardware Federation(DHF) has announced the new Chairman of the Building HardwareGroup as Richard Bromley; he will be supported by the new Vice-Chairman, Neil Rule.
Richard, who formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Building Hardware Group, has many years’ experience in the lock and hardware industry and, in 2021, was appointed Business Development Director & Chief Technology Officer for ASSA ABLOY UK & Ireland. He has worked for ASSA for more than 10 years, starting in the position of General Manager of Replacement Multi Point Locks in 2012. Prior to joining ASSA, Richard held the position of Commercial Director for 13 years atE. Aldridge Limited.
Neil started working in the industry in 1998. After leaving school, he served an electrical apprenticeship at GatesheadMetropolitan Borough Council. For more than 20 years, Neil has held sales and commercial roles ofincreasing responsibility within the area of mechanical cylinder locking and electronic access controlsystems. Neil is the ARGE WorkGroup Convenor for Masterkey Systems Data Security, sits as a UK expert on CEN/TC33/WG4 and is a BSI committee member. He is also a longstanding member of DHF.
The new roles for Richard and Neil come on the back of David Whitworth’s retirement as Chairman of the Building Hardware Group and Chairman of DHF. In January of this year, the federation announced he would be stepping down following many years of loyal service. The new Chairman of DHF was announced to be Paul Browne, former UK Chief Technology Officer & Business Development Director of ASSA ABLOY.