NAJ director of education steps down

After a hugely successful tenure as director of education for the National Association of Jewellers, Kate Madelin will be leaving in March.

Madelin, who handed in her resignation last year but agreed to stay on to help the new chief executive officer recruit a replacement, has delivered innovative training for the whole jewellery sector during her time as director of education.

The NAJ will now be looking for a replacement to continue to drive forward the Association’s industry-leading agenda, working with the full membership, the leadership team and staff.

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“Since her appointment to NAG five years ago Kate has had a transformational impact on the Association,” shares NAJ chairman, Simon Johnson. “During this time she has led a forward-thinking and committed team of employees and volunteers, to deliver innovative training for the whole sector.

“At the time of her appointment, Kate was tasked with taking the Association’s training in a new direction, providing fresh impetus and increasing its relevance and effectiveness. While there is more to accomplish, Kate feels the time is right for her to hand over the reins to someone new to take things even further. Clearly, we are extremely sorry to see Kate go, but we wish her well for the future.”

The NAJ will be promoting the director of education position at the upcoming Jewellery & Watch trade show, giving candidates the opportunity to meet I ththe team face to face and find out more.

NAJ chief executive officer, Simon Forrester comments:  “There is never a perfect time for this type of change, but Kate has worked with me to prepare us for the handover. The Association is, I believe, about to head in a new and exciting direction. We need someone to head up the education team who can drive that change and who has the relevant experience to maintain the momentum that we, together, have built.”

Madelin’s legacy leaves the NAJ in a strong position with a highly respected staff team and an excellent course repertoire.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult decision for me, as this has been such a rewarding role,” shares Madelin, adding: “However, I’ve always said the mark of my leadership being a success was that I would leave NAJ on the best of terms and in a position to attract strong candidates to replace me. I feel we have achieved a great deal; NAJ has moved forward significantly – and I am immensely proud of that. But now is the time for someone with fresh ideas to take the association to another level.”

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