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Team

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Brian May
Managing Director

Brian has been involved in the construction industry throughout his career, establishing his first business, focused on the supply of architectural ironmongery, in 1970 with his brother, Peter May. The next two decades saw rapid growth, including acquisition of Lockerbie & Wilkinson and their Elite range, launching them into international exporting and operations, and expansion to new warehouses, offices, and showrooms. Drawing on Consort’s strong foundations, both in its core UK market as well as its international offices, Brian has continued to expand the company’s global footprint whilst investing heavily in supporting British manufacturing. Today, in keeping with his vision, Consort is proudly British, family owned and operated, yet entirely global in terms of its reach and capabilities, with one of the most comprehensive and high-integrity ranges of product on the market.

 

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Daniel May
Director

Dan, one of Brian’s five children, joined the family business immediately after university to support product development and commercial growth. In 2010, he had the opportunity to build on Consort’s international success, relocating to Dubai to serve as Head of Overseas Operations and Regional Director, Middle East. During his tenure there, he oversaw significant sales growth and further expansion of the company’s geographical footprint, including new offices in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, the Philippines, the US, and Hong Kong, with more to come. Dan returned to the UK in 2020 to further focus on product innovation, expansion of Consort’s reach within the UK and globally, and diversification of the business. He has prioritised achieving the highest safety and performance certifications to meet stringent industry standards, expanding upon the company’s bespoke specification capabilities. As well as sales, and driving best-in-class sustainable practices across production and operations. 

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David Gray
Technical Performance & Development

David entered the industry as an apprentice locksmith and safe engineer and he therefore brings a valuable technical perspective to achieving optimal functionality and performance. As an integral part of Consort’s ambitious quality programme, he works closely with Dan to ensure that the extensive range of products complies fully with the relevant industry standards and undergoes rigorous testing in order to achieve certification. Most recently, David has been heavily focused on US certifications and has developed several ANSI/BHMA compliant ranges to support business growth within the region. In his role as Operations Manager, he has also taken specification and project support to the next level, supporting architects and designers project specifications, and introducing computer-based systems to drive more efficient project management. David is qualified as an Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Diploma of Architectural Ironmongery (DipGAI), and Registered Ironmonger (RegAI).

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David May

General Manager – Consort Middle East LLC

David May is General Manager based in our Dubai office, and is responsible for the day-to day management of the Middle East business across seven countries. David has been working in the Ironmongery Industry for 30 years and joined the family business when he was a teenager. In addition to his Ironmongery qualifications David also has a good understanding of Performance Timber Doorsets & Certification gained from experience working in the sector.

David has worked on some of the largest and most prestigious construction projects globally. His experience and understanding of the market offers a wealth of knowledge to us and our clients. His recent move to Dubai sees him focus on even further growth both in existing and new markets as well as introducing new Consort product lines to clients, both existing and new.

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Lester Bartolo 
General Manager - Consort Philippines Incorporated

Lester oversees all aspect of operation in the Philippines and has been instrumental from the inception of the business in the Philippines in 2019. He has established the business and developed the clientele needed to get work in the Philippine market. He is engaged in all areas of the business from finance, administrative, marketing, procurement, logistics and of course sales and business development.

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Dominic May  
Country Manager – Consort Trading WLL

Dominic is the country manager of our business based in Qatar, and his role covers the day to day running of the region for Consort by ensuring that orders and deliveries are running smoothly. His big focus is on business development in the country and growing Consort in the run up to the world cup in 2022. He manages a staffing body of seven people and overseas all areas of the business, working closely with our other Middle East offices.

 

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Mike Hayward

Director – Consort SA

Mike entered the ironmongery industry in 1985 and has been involved in both the manufacturing and distribution of builder’s hardware throughout Southern Africa since. SA Hardware Traders was incorporated in 2007 and has continued to expand the Consort brand in Southern Africa. In 2020 we started trading as CONSORT SA in order to grow the brand throughout Southern Africa. The company sales have increased over 500% since inception and we have continued to grow year on year. CONSORT SA continues to broaden its footprint, supplying Consort’s full range of hardware throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

The Consort products have been introduced throughout the market focusing on Ironmongers and Door Manufacturers, specifically fire door manufacturers. Consort SA has recently started approaching Architects in order to expand the CONSORT brand and also offer a specifying service to them. Mike’s role is to manage the company’s growth and stock holding while working closely with both the sales team and customers to ensure the correct stock mix is attained to suit the changing market.

 

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Reda Nabil
Regional Manager – Consort Middle East LLC 

Reda is our regional manager based in the Dubai office, he joined the team in 2017 and oversees work in KSA, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain regions. He has over 17 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked for some of the biggest names within the market. Reda has a degree in science and engineering and a level 2 GAI diploma holder.

 

 

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Abbas Saed
Country Sales Manager – Consort

Abbas is our country lead in Pakistan and he is responsible for everything that happens in the region. His role encompasses ensuring office operations align with our strategic objectives, being responsible for managing staff, overseeing projects and sales and making sure that they are up to date with local regulations and laws. Abbas comes from a very strong sales background and brings expertise in business development having worked for a variety of companies globally.

 

 

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