Owner of Marmalade Fine Jewellery, Simon Johnson, was yesterday evening (June 8) confirmed as the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) chairman, supported by vice chairman Harriet Kelsall, of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.
Johnson says: “I feel that given the recent unification we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to affect some real and great changes to the way the Association and its members benefit each other. My first priority is to get the six steering groups up and running so the key areas of the Association’s work can start to be addressed and the NAJ can move forward. I feel incredibly privileged to be invited into this role.”
Michael Rawlinson, CEO of the NAJ, said: “I am delighted to be working with Simon as the incoming chairman. Simon is a great leader, with a clear vision for the Association over the next two years. I and the staff are in no doubt about what is expected from us, and what we have to deliver. The officer group is completed by president Patrick Fuller and joint deputy chairmen Andrew Hinds and Gary Wroe. We have also bought together a strong line-up of industry representatives to form the new National Committee, with six of these people chairing our new steering groups; Education (Harriet Kelsall), Institute of Registered Valuers (Frank Wood), Marketing (Vanessa Burkitt), Membership (Helen Dimmick), Public Affairs & Ethics (Judith Lockwood), and Technical Standards (Robert Organ).
With this very strong team I am sure that the National Association of Jewellers is going to make a real impact and difference to the trade and I hope that every business that is in or connected to the jewellery trade will want to be part of the organisation, to benefit from the value we are going to create and deliver for all our members.”
Vice chairman, Harriet Kelsall commented “As somebody who runs a design, manufacturing and retail business I have a balanced view of the needs of the different aspects of the membership and I hope to help promote and ensure this balance runs throughout the organisation in line with the unification. I’d like to help nurture the great collaborative and proactive attitude that I find in our network of members and committee/steering group members, to make sure that our organisation helps and supports all members whilst also promoting this professional and exciting industry. I am keen to try to further improve our ethics across the industry. I am keen that we develop our great JET education courses even further, bring them to new audiences and also collaborate with other great training providers,”
The AGM followed the 2016 Executive Development Congress, with speakers commenting on different aspects of leadership skills. Rawlinson also revealed plans to rename the conference the ‘JET Business Network’.