Patrick Fuller, who was been named as the first president of the National Association of Jewellers last week, says that the merger of the BJA and NAG to create the NAJ is a move he has long believed was vital for the industry and the two associations.
The chairman of WB The Creative Jewellery Group says he is delighted that the vote for unification succeeded last week, and looks forward to the opportunity of moulding the NAJ into an effective organisation for education, campaigning and marketing.
Over 90% of BJA and NAG members voted in favour of the agreement, and Mr Fuller will be instrumental in the next six months as the legal framework and the merged association’s vision is thrashed out.
“An amalgamated association is something that I have dreamt of for a very long time and I have no doubt that once it is up and running the NAJ it will bring great benefits to the industry at large. I am honoured to have been invited to help bring it to reality,” he said.
“The challenge now is to create a contemporary, consumer-facing body that offers pertinent services to its members and is major force in the field of education whilst not losing sight of the traditional values that both organisations have upheld for so long. It is also essential that we address the worries of those members who had their doubts about the unification and deal with their concerns in the correct way,” he continued.
Mr Fuller was the natural choice for president of the NAJ. He is the only person in the industry to have held office within both the NAG, where he was president and in the BJA where he was chairman. It is also clear from comments pouring into Professional Jeweller, and directly to him, that his appointment is viewed positively by his industry peers.
“I have been very touched by the kind feedback I have received and the many telephone messages and emails of support. I would like to send my most sincere thanks to everyone who has contacted me. It is a dynamic time in both the retail and the supplier sector for jewellery and I much look forward to helping build an Association that has equal dynamism,” he concluded.