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New President of British Glass

The British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation is very pleased to announce that its new President is to be Stephen Pollock-Hill, Group Chairman and Managing Director of Nazeing Glass.

A long and distinguished career in excess of 40 years in the glass industry started very early at the age of seven in the packing department of Nazeing Glass Works in the 1950's.

His future in the glass industry may not have been initially obvious, as he studied languages across Europe in France, Spain and Germany. However, his gap years were spent working for The French Hand & Crystal Federation followed by St Louis Crystal in Paris. Quite aptly, his thesis in 1969 was on "The Future of the British Glass Industry".

Working for a year in a major American Management Consultancy in 1969/1970 he was headhunted to work as European Liaison Officer in London by founder and Chairman John Carney.

Stephen started the first factory shop at Nazeing Glass and moved through the ranks becoming Sales Manager, Export Director, Sales Director, Joint MD and onto his current position of Group Chairman and Managing Director. Nazeing Glass is the largest and one of only fourteen remaining such glass manufacturers to have survived the difficult trading conditions of the last thirty years.

His contribution to the glass industry also has a long distinguished history. He was a member of The Glass Manufacturers' Federation and Chairman of the Domestic & Hand Section from 1974 to 1985. Also as a member then Chairman of the Glass Gallery Committee from 1985 until it disbanded in 1999. He has been the Chairman of the British Glass Educational Trust since 1999 and has held Chairmanships of several other bodies during this time.

Stephen has presented many papers on glass in addition to his Thesis.

September 2007 saw Stephen open "The Museum of 20th Century Domestic British Glass" displaying part of his collection of 3000 British glass items, along with histories on the majority of the 90 or so British Glass companies of the twentieth century.

A committed environmentalist and Vice President of CPRE- Herts he is currently developing a new formula of non toxic crystal to replace lead crystal.

Married to Samantha who runs her own highly successful business they have two children, Robert and Talitha.

His interests, other than glass, include French cinema and literature, fine food and wine (especially Bordeaux wines), gardening, history and Real Tennis, and an interest in the life and work of Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Stephen took up his position on the 1st January 2010.

Notes to Editors

1 British Glass
The British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation represents the interests of all sectors of the glass industry in the UK. Its main activity is in representing the industry at European, national and local level on a wide range of topical legislative issues. It also conducts independent research into all aspects of glass production and technology.

For more details please contact:-
Richard Edgar
British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation
Churchill Way
S35 2PY
Telephone 0114 290 1850
E-mail: r.edgar@britglass.co.uk

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