IJL unveils new members of Advisory Board

Bec Astley Clarke, Dax Humberstone and Mark Adlestone part of line up.

International Jewellery London (IJL) has announced several new industry leaders joining its Advisory Board with immediate effect.

The Board now includes Astley Clarke founder Bec Astley Clarke and Antwerp Diamonds managing director Dax Humberstone, as well as Beaverbrooks chairman Mark Adlestone, who joined earlier in 2013.

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The trio will all sit on the board in the lead up to IJL in September 2014, the first show to take place at Olympia in London.

IJL Advisory Board chairperson and event director Sam Willoughby said: “We are thrilled with the new additions to the IJL Advisory Board. The role of the board is to capture senior level advice and valuable insight from respected members of the industry. It really helps the show team deliver an event that is relevant, exciting, profitable and engaging.”

With the support of the Advisory Board, the IJL team at Reed Exhibitions aims to produce a show that is reflective of industry dynamics, influences, pressures and trends. Board members act as a voice for themselves, their peers and their colleagues, in order to enhance the visitor experience and add value to exhibitors.

Bec Astley Clarke said of joining the board: “The UK has so much talent and creativity to offer. I am looking forward to contributing to the IJL advisory board so that the industry goes from strength to strength and IJL gains the recognition it deserves on the international stage.”

IJL 2014 has already unveiled new initiatives, including the Luxury by IJL event which will focus on presenting high-end jewellery designs and high profile designers and brands to retailers and buyers.

A number of brands have already been announced for IJL 2014, including Links of London, Hans D Krieger, Deakin and Francis, Rachel Galley, Sarah Ho of SHO Fine Jewellery and Sophie Harley.

Mark Adlestone of Beaverbrooks added: "It’s been a fantastic few years for IJL. This is an exciting time ahead of the move to Olympia, with luxury and fine jewellery set to be one of the key focuses for 2014. I welcome the opportunity to sit on the Advisory Board, and be involved in shaping the future of IJL, as it has such an important role for the UK jewellery industry as a whole.”

Dax Humberstone of Antwerp Diamonds said that, having been an exhibitor at IJL for more than 10 years, he has recognised the development of the show as one of the major jewellery events in Europe.

"IJL is making huge strides under the guidance of Reed Exhibitions and its advisory board, thus it was a privilege to be asked to join the board and be involved with creating something special for 2014 and beyond," he said. "2014 will be the first year for Luxury by IJL and this will attract even more new visitors and add to that special buzz which Reed Exhibitions has been very good at bringing to the show in recent years.”

Announcements will be made about IJL 2014 show developments throughout the year. It takes place at Olympia, London from 31st August to 2nd September.



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