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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What our clients say!
I have had the privilege to work closely with Consort over the past 4 years in Baku, Azerbaijan.From the initial brief / scope of works being discussed with their on-site sales manager, to the provision of schedule of materials and competitive quotations, all within a reactive timeframe, I have found the service from Consort, second to none.Furthermore, their management style and delivery can only be described as excellent and the after sales service only reinforces the commitment and willingness to go the “extra mile” to ensure that the customer is their direct focus.Products, availability and delivery are all part of the “we can do” attitude that is evidently proven, from ALL levels within the Consort Group.It is not often that I recommend/ praise companies for completed works, but in all the years that I have worked with Consort, I would have no hesitation in recommending them for future projects here in Azerbaijan, or anywhere else in the world.
Hill International, Design Manager
AMBB have worked closely with Consort over a number of years and some challenging projects, we have over this period welcomed and enjoyed the benefits of a very technical and supportive team within Consort who have on all occasions worked within our time and budgetary constraints to achieve a high level of end user satisfaction for which we thank Consort. We look forward to working with their team for many years to come.
General Manager, AMBB Building Contracting
I have had the pleasure of working with Consort on a number of projects throughout the region, in recent years, and have always found their service and reliability second to none. I hope that our relationship will continue to strengthen in years to come.
Senior Projects Manager, Al Tayer Stocks
Working with Consort is unlike any other hardware supplier. They have the passion for their industry, the qualified staff and the infrastructure which enables them to deliver the unparalleled service I require at short notice. They protect the specifications we demand, whilst ensuring the package is delivered on time and within budget to the contractor.
U+A, Partner/ Design Principal, U+A
We have been working with Consort in the MENA region since opening our office in 2010 and our relationship has strengthened in this time due to their impeccable delivery, innovation and adherence to working with the high standards we set ourselves and our supply chain – we hope to build on this relationship in the years to come.
Perkins+Will - Principal Managing Director, Perkins+Will
It’s always a pleasure to work with Consort due to the fast and helpful responses we receive to all our enquiries.
Export Manager, Apton Partitioning Limited
Consort offer a wide range of products that fill any design aesthetic and budget. The team continually deliver quality service for any assistance we need and products are installed on time and without any issues.
Laila Al-Yousuf, Design Director – SAY studio
We have had the pleasure of successfully collaborating with the Consort team on various project sizes and types for almost a decade now. They are simply ‘a safe pair of hands’ always delivering on time, with the highest level of professionalism and accuracy. What sets Consort apart form the other suppliers is always positive attitude and taking advisory roles to junior team members. When it comes to meeting design briefs and criteria, the ranges Consort carries paired with their team experience and knowledge never fail to deliver outstanding support. An amazing team to work with.
Adil Amin - Head of Interior Design/ Dragana Cemalovic-Ndedu - Associate / Emily Wong - Associate - ID
Consort have provided a wealth of support to AAID on many of our projects. Extremely responsive, always on hand with technical advice, supportive during value engineering or specification changes, they are always available to help us navigate the ironmongery arena. The team are approachable, friendly and happy to help. They have been a huge support to our team and our projects and we are extremely grateful to them all. Thank you!
Julie Thom Associate Director – Allen Architecture Interiors Design
We have been dealing with Consort Architectural for a number of years and have been lucky enough to deal with the same people within the business. During this time they have consistently performed well in providing support from specification to delivery of goods, ensuring that through every stage we are kept informed on anything that arises. Consort are an approachable and reliable business who will always offer their knowledge, support and recommendations for the best possible solution.
We have been using Consort as one of our major suppliers since Tuscan was formed, some 20 years ago and we are still using them to date which bears testimony to their useability and performance. They are well stocked with a full range of CE / BS certified products, some of which are not available anywhere else. We look forward to the next 20 years of continuing our professional working relationship.
Paul Mason, Managing Director, Tuscan Architectural Hardware ltd
We’ve dealt with Consort since we started in 2019, their product range - which is ever evolving, their reliable stock levels and helpful staff make life that bit easier
Mark Corlick Managing Director, Astoria Ironmongery Ltd
I have been purchasing from Consort for over three years now and have never had an issue. They carry a good level of stock to fulfil orders, the quality is good, and the customer service is excellent.
Purchasing Manager, Midlands based Distributor