Steve Collins resigned from the board of trustees of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) yesterday.
In a press release headed: “First resignation from the Gem-A board”, Mr Collins said his resignation has been accepted “with regret” by the chairman.
He went on to explain: “I have been unhappy for some time about the direction the board is going, the decisions they have made and the actions they have taken. I have been very vocal in my opposition at board meetings but regrettably they have continued with their agendas most of which I now disagree with.
“I therefore felt that I had no option but to tender my resignation in order to maintain my integrity. It’s hugely disappointing for me as historically I had greatly enjoyed my time with Gem-A, but my views and those of the board are now so far apart I felt my position had become untenable.”
Mr Collins, who has been a board member for seven years, says he will remain an ordinary member of the association.
Mr Collins is the second board member to resign in the past five weeks.
Chairman Jason Williams stepped down from the position on May 13. He will continue on as a trustee of the charity.
Jessica Cadzow, vice-chair of the association, has taken over as acting chair and is fielding all inquiries directed at the chair by members seeking clarification on what is happening at the organisation.
A letter on Gem-A’s own web site from its president Harry Levy on June 11 says: “A serious issue has arisen with a member of staff which the Council is trying to deal with. The Council is working vigorously to resolve this situation. This has caused the postponement of our planned AGM.”
Mr Levy, as president, cannot be a trustee or a member of the Council, but does attend its meetings.