CMJ announces new non-exec director as Andrew Hirshman steps down

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Director of Drakes Jewellers, Andrew Hirshman is stepping down from the Company of Master Jewellers’ board of directors after four years in the position.

Hirshman has decided to step down from the role due to business commitments. His exit makes way for the first board member from outside the jewellery and watch industry, as the CMJ announces Julie Langford, who has spent her career in the building merchant business, as the board’s new non-executive director.

Langford was previously finance director at the National Merchant Building Society (NMBS), a centralised buying group for independent builders. NMBS is a multi-billion-pound organisation with more than 1,000 members and more than 3,100 branches.

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Willie Hamilton, chief executive of the CMJ, believes an outsider’s expertise will add valuable skills to the jewellery group’s board.

Hamilton comments: “We would like to welcome Julie to the CMJ Board as our new non-executive director. She brings with her a wealth of experience, which I am sure will be invaluable. Coming from outside the jewellery and watch industry, we also look forward to her unique insight and opinion on how to continue the group’s success.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Hirshman for the professionalism and commitment he has given to the board over the past few years.”

The other current CMJ board sirectors are chairman Stephen Hughes of Stephen Hughes Fine Diamonds, Jason Allum of Allum & Sidaway, Michele Whittam of Hemstocks, WR Bullen and Fourth Avenue Jewellery Lounge, Phil Ainsworth of Ainsworths Jewellers, Michael Aldridge of Neil & Barker, John Henn of TA Henn, Helen Molloy of Forum Jewellers, Peter Wong of Wongs Jewellers and Chris Burrow of ATS Bullion.

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