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The people behind the scenes

/media/about/library/bob_220.jpgBob Perry – Chief Executive Officer

Bob joined dhf  in 2009. He has been involved in the lock and hardware industry for many years. Previously managing director of Chubb Locks and UNION Locks, Bob worked for ASSA ABLOY before joining dhf. He was chairman of the Association of Building Hardware Manufacturers from 1994-1996.   Bob is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the business.

Contact Bob   

/media/about/library/michael_220.jpgMichael Skelding - General Manager & Secretary

Michael became general manager and secretary of dhf on its formation in 2004, having been secretary of its predecessors Association of Builders’ Hardware Manufactures and Door & Shutter Manufacturers’ Association since 1987.  Michael has responsibility for representing members' technical interests.  He also gives advice to members on standards and legislation as well as representing dhf membership in the UK and Europe on various committees and boards.  Michael also assists BRE on the Fire Door Safety training.

Contact Michael    


/media/about/library/patricia-web.jpgPatricia Sowsbery-Stevens –  Head of Commercial Operations

Patricia joined dhf  in October 2015.  She has over 25 years’ marketing experience and was previously a marketing and quality assurance consultant for a variety of organisations in diverse sectors.  Her overall objective is to raise the profile of dhf.  To this end, she has introduced changes at dhf with revised branding, accreditation of training and the provision of CSCS cards to name a few.  She has overall strategic responsibility for the commercial department comprising marketing, training and membership.  She holds Chartered Marketer status and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Contact Patricia 07802 883161


/media/about/library/nick_220.jpgNick Perkins –  Senior Training & Compliance Officer

Nick joined dhf  in April 2014 and was at the forefront of the Automated Gate Group Safety Diploma Course which he has developed into what it is today.   To date, Nick has trained nearly 1500 people in automated gate and industrial & garage door safety.  Not content to sit back and let the grass grow beneath his feet, Nick constantly updates the courses in line with the latest guidelines so the industry is getting the very latest training available.  He is always working tirelessly to help companies become compliant and install safe machines. 

Contact Nick  07557 861903

/media/about/library/woman.jpgSteve Hill - Senior Training & Compliance Officer

Steve has over 30 years' experience in the industry and has worked for a few companies who are current dhf members.  Steve has represented his past employers at various dhf group meetings and is now pleased to be sitting on the other side.  His main role is to deliver the suite of training courses offered by dhf as well as developing and delivering our collaborative training with BRE and to support the technical email helpdesk.  

Contact Steve   07860 845205


/media/about/library/kay_1.jpgKay Scattergood – Administration Manager

Kay has been with dhf for over 31 years and has seen many changes! She started as Senior Secretary and has progressed to Manager of the Administration Team and is our grammar guru.  She takes care of the day to day running of Head Office, and what Kay doesn’t know about dhf, isn’t worth knowing.

Contact Kay 

/media/about/library/beth_1.jpgBeth Woodward – Training & Membership Co-ordinator

Beth has been with dhf since March 2013 and her role has changed somewhat.  Due to the ever-increasing demand for training, as of January 2017, Beth’s sole responsibility is everything related to training.  This includes the organising of venues, taking bookings, updating the information on the website and organising private courses.  Beth is also responsible for reporting and administrating the dhf Training Academy website.  During the current pandemic Beth is acting interim Membership Coordinator, if you have any queries regarding membership she is your first port of call.

Contact Beth  07958 418593

/media/about/library/jo_1.jpgJo Wigley – Administrative Assistant

Jo joined the dhf  admin team in November 2016 and hit the ground running.  Her main tasks include everything related to admin as well as organising and taking minutes of meetings for all the dhf groups as well as any additional meetings.  She also has responsibility for database maintenance and is a wiz on ACT.

Contact Jo

/media/about/library/woman.jpgHelen Skelding – Accounts Manager

Helen joined dhf in its former life in October 1996, and has responsibility for the accounts, from raising invoices to chasing for payment!  She has the task of ensuring all payments are made on time and prepares all the year-end returns for the accountants. Helen keeps everyone paid each month so is our best friend.

Contact Helen 

/media/about/library/woman.jpgClaire Willson – Training Administrator

Claire is here to support with the administration of the dhf training function.  She's been a part of dhf  since October 2018 working in admin, but moved into her current role in April 2019.  Claire is an integral part of the team and keeps everyone in check with the online bookings and private course bookings.  

Contact Claire 


/media/about/library/woman.jpg Olivia Juxon - Membership & Training Administrator

Olivia joined DHF in October 2021 as the new Membership & Training Administrator. Olivia has many responsibilities that include, but not limited to, membership applications, CCA administration and CSCS card applications.  Having completed her administration apprenticeship in a law firm, Olivia took a slightly different direction into beauty but has since returned to the office environment.  She has great attention to detail and is the first port of call for any membership queries.

Contact Olivia




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