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Hardware expertise celebrated at the GAI Education Awards



The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers has recognised the outstanding educational achievements of the industry’s rising stars at its annual Education Awards.

Of the 90 learners who attained the Certificate in Architectural Hardware and the 42 students who completed the full GAI Diploma, six also received awards at the ceremony.


Since 1980, the GAI Education Awards have included Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for each qualification and the Pinnacle Award sponsored by ASSA ABLOY, which is given to the student with the best aggregate results over the three years of the Diploma programme. 


Neil Vann, Market Regional Manager, ASSA ABLOY presented this year’s Pinnacle Award to, Sreejith Ramanathan, who has worked for dormakaba for three years as a project specifier, handling hardware specifications for various projects in the Middle East and North Africa region.


Ramanthan said: “I’m really proud to receive both the Gold and Pinnacle Award. As a specifier, I will use the knowledge gained throughout my Diploma every day and it is going to continue to be a valuable qualification throughout my whole career.”


The winners were presented with their awards by Maria Powell, president of the GAI and the event’s keynote speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes.


Powell said: “The Education Awards are our greatest testament to the passion we have for our industry and to our international community of architectural ironmongery. It showcases our constant pursuit of learning and the maintenance of professional qualifications.”


Guests also celebrated the growing success of the GAI education programme. Enrolments for 2015/16 saw a 23% increase from the previous year.


Neil Fisher, director of the GAI, said: “We are extremely proud that our education syllabus is the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards. The Education Awards allow us to not only recognise individual achievements but also celebrate the continuous progress of the GAI education programme.”


The full list of Education Awards winners in 2016 is:


The Pinnacle Award:

  • Sreejith Ramanathan, dormakaba UAE


The GAI Diploma:

  • Gold – Sreejith Ramanathan, dormakaba UAE
  • Silver – Mark Allen Basadre, dormakaba  UAE
  • Bronze – Ben Westlake. Kirby and Wells Ltd (Kawstore)


Certificate in Architectural Hardware

  • Gold – Lee Gardner, ME Duffell
  • SILVER – Régine Yvergneaux
  • BRONZE – Christopher Hill, Humber Merchants Ltd


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Fiona Russell-Horne
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