F Hinds director Andrew Hinds elected NAG chairman

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Simon Johnson of Marmalade elected as vice chairman of the Association

The National Association of Goldsmiths elected a new chairman and vice chairman during its Annual General Meeting at Jewellery & Watch London.

Andrew Hinds, director of high street multiple jeweller F Hinds, was elected chairman, with Simon Johnson of Marmalade Jewellery in Chiswick voted in as vice chairman.

Speaking of his appointment, Andrew Hinds said: “I am both honoured and delighted to be elected chairman of the Association and know that I have a tough act to follow in Pravin Pattni. The biggest item in the ‘in tray’ is clearly the on-going discussions with the BJA and I expect us to be able to champion the industry even better – both to our customers and the world – as a result of working together.

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“I am also excited about the Association’s prospects over the next couple of years. I expect us to make further progress in both education and through the benefits of membership that we offer to all jewellers, to the extent that I hope that every jeweller will want to join.”

Johnson has been a member of the NAG board of directors since 2012, and his company has been a full member of the Association since its creation in 2004.

Johnson explained: “There are many challenges facing the jewellery trade in the coming years, not least the rise of internet sales, technology advances and a loss of key skills that have formed the heart of our trade for many years. Fortunately the Association, under the previous chairman, started to rise to these challenges and is now changing the playing field in order to continue providing the assistance, guidance, support and education the jewellery retailer and trade needs now and going forward.

“I am one hundred per cent committed to helping push forward with these ground breaking changes under the excellent leadership of Andrew Hinds. We have accepted the challenge and understand the requirement to unify the various bodies within our sector in order to better serve the trade as a whole – in a more efficient and productive way. We are looking forward to working closer and more happily with everybody in order to achieve our goals.”

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