Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice, the campaign behind creating a wider awareness of the Fenestration industry to attract youngsters and newcomers to it, has appointed John Ogilvie as its first ambassador.

Well-known for heading up VEKA’s longstanding installer scheme – Network VEKA, John retired from the role in 2016, but continued to remain part of the industry becoming an executive board member for GQA Qualifications in 2017.

Mick Clayton, CEO for GQA Qualifications and one of the organisations behind the campaign, commented: “I have known John for many years – more so in the last few years, working alongside him as a member of the GQA board.

“When we first looked at the idea of appointing an ambassador for Building Our Skills, we knew we needed someone who understood the industry well, who had a good standing amongst their peers and who could speak with authority about the industry, and its appeal. John came to mind straight away and after discussing the role with him, he was fully on board with the concept and objectives and accepted the position.”

Steph Tague, Head of Building Our Skills added: “John will make a fantastic ambassador for the campaign. His passion and knowledge of the industry, his professional relationship with many of the companies in the industry and media will definitely support the efforts being made to push the campaign forward with even more vigour.”

John’s main activity as the campaign’s ambassador will be to help heighten awareness of the campaign to businesses and organisations – attending networking events, conferences and exhibitions and communicating the campaign’s strategy, goals and achievements.

“Building Our Skills is a fantastic initiative and something I believe will benefit the whole industry long-term,” comments John. “I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to take up the role, having already sensed the growing energy and excitement surrounding the campaign, and the initial response from the marketplace.”

For more details on Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration a Career of Choice, contact Steph Tague on 07429 103925 or 07789 344479, or visit –