Andrew Bone has been named the Responsible Jewellery Council’s new executive director as part of the organisations on-going management restructure.
Bone brings a wealth of industry experience and expertise in the diamond and mining sectors to this role. In addition to 38 years working in the global diamond industry at De Beers, he was also responsible for the success of many industry initiatives including the Kimberley Process, the DDI and the WDC.
Bone will work closely with the RJC’s board of directors and the management team to “further entrench the RJC’s value proposition to the jewellery supply chain, mine to retail,” according to an official statement.
Chief operating officer Catherine Sproule will work with Bone to provide valuable continuity to the RJC’s global structure, especially as James Courage’s extended term as chair of the RJC board of directors concludes this month.
Vice-chair, Charles Chaussepied has been named interim chair as of Wednesday July 1 2015 until a new chairperson is elected later this year.
On assuming his new role, Bone said, “I am delighted to join the RJC and consider myself fortunate to be surrounded by a skilled and energetic team, and supported by a dedicated and diligent board of directors.
“Although there are many challenges ahead, there are many more opportunities. As the membership continues to increase, there is a growing realisation and belief that, through certification, the RJC offers its members a unique and robust set of independently audited standards that promote the jewellery industry’s continued determination to protect and promote consumer confidence.”
The RJC has over 640 members, of which 412 are certified and a growing number seeking chain of custody (COC) certification for their metals businesses.
PICTURE CREDIT: (Left to Right: Gerhard Humphreys-de Meyer, communications; Chinelo Etiaba, member relations; Andrew Bone, executive director; Peter Dawkins, membership and certification; Catherine Sproule, chief operations officer. Front row: Maria Mursell, training and assurance; Kim Jackson, office administration. Not pictured: Kinjal Shah, country head in India.)