Robert Eden leaves CMJ to head NAJ membership department

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The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has appointed Robert Eden as the first head of membership and membership services.

The role is focused on building the membership of the association across all industry sectors from manufacturing to retail.

Initially Eden will represent the benefits of membership to lapsed and recently resigned members and will examine the benefits offered to ensure that the association is meeting the needs of the industry. He will follow on to reach out to companies that have never considered joining the industry association.

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As he meets with members, existing and new, Eden will also have the opportunity to promote the association’s range of educational courses, short courses, support programmes including the JET business network and membership services.

Eden joins the association having previously worked for the Company of Master Jewellers and the National Association of Goldsmiths.

NAJ chief executive officer,  Michael Rawlinson, comments: “Robert’s contacts within the trade built up during his previous roles, coupled with is passion for improving standards within the industry, made him the ideal candidate for the job. There was a tough interview process and some very high calibre applicants. Robert however, stood out as the right person for the job.”

“Robert’s contribution to CMJ during his time with us is well noted and we congratulate him on his further career move with the NAJ,” adds CMJ chief Executive Willie Hamilton. “We wish him every success and look forward to working with him in extending further collaborations between the NAJ and CMJ.”

Eden takes up his new role today (July 18) and will be responsible for leading the membership team based in Birmingham.

Eden comments: “Firstly, I want to thank the board of the CMJ together with Willie Hamilton for my time working with them. It has been a hard choice to move away from the CMJ, but I am looking forward to a new chapter working with Michael, the national committee and the staff of the association.

“There are plenty of new projects to work on including creating opportunities for growing the membership, students and the institute of registered valuers; demonstrating the associations commitment to support current and future members with real, relevant and tangible benefits; and working with industry peers for the good of the industry as a whole. I am looking forward to supporting you all.”

The section and shortlisting process was also supported through the services of Jolyon Marshall Limited.

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