Retailer is NAG’s first female president in 36 years.
The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) has appointed retailer Margaret Harris as its new president.
Harris of Flitwick Jewellers is the NAG’s first female president in 36 years, the last being Margaret Biggs who was elected president in 1977.
The announcement was made at the NAG’s 119th annual general meeting at Hampton Court Palace on Wednesday.
Harris said in a speech to NAG members: “I am delighted to have been elected president of the NAG. I have been involved with the organisation since the start of my business in the 1970s and have always found them to be so useful and helpful. In fact, I call the NAG my head office."
The NAG’s chief executive Michael Rawlinson said he was pleased with Harris’ appointment. "Margaret has been a fantastic ambassador for the NAG over the years and I’m glad that she has received the recognition she so deserves. I wish her all the best in this new role."
Further elections to the NAG board and council also took place. Pravin Pattni was re-elected as the NAG’s chairman, Andrew Hinds was re-elected as vice chairman, Nicholas Major was re-elected to deputy chairman and Frank Wood was re-elected to honorary treasurer.
Rawlinson also used the NAG’s AGM to discuss upcoming structural changes within the membership to guest. He introduced several new members of staff at the NAG and talked about how his vision for the future of the NAG has been shaped by his experiences over the last few months.
He said: “The world of retailing is changing, and that is why the association must change and progress. Since 1894 the NAG has been representing retail jewellers with a high street shop. We will be looking at how we can be more inclusive of different types of retailers, such as TV sellers or e-retailer, without compromising our robust standards.
"I will be working closely with the education, membership, and policy and communications teams at NAG, to deliver a package of services which are useful, relevant and much needed by our members, old and new.”
Read Professional Jeweller’s in-depth interview with Rawlinson online here.