Jewellery retailer Beaverbrooks’ chief executive officer, Anna Blackburn, has been named among the North West’s top 20 business women, in recognition of her outstanding leadership skills.

This is the first time Blackburn has featured in the prestigious ‘Top 100 Women in Business’ list, making a new entry straight in at number 14.

Compiled by leading business publication, The North West Business Insider, the list highlights the strength and skills of female business leaders who are doing great things across the region.


Speaking about her top 20 achievement, Blackburn comments: “When I found out I was speechless, which is a rarity for me! There are so many successful and highly influential women in business who are doing great things for the wider business community and it’s a real honour to be named alongside them.”

Blackburn joined Beaverbrooks as a graduate trainee in 1998 and fifteen years later she was appointed chief executive officer, achieving two firsts for the 97 year-old family business: the first female CEO and the first non-family CEO.

Having worked her way up through the business and with such a successful story to tell, Blackburn was recently invited to speak about her leadership style at The National Association Jewellers (NAJ) Executive Development Forum (EDF) Congress 2016, where she talked about the importance of being a role model and genuinely caring about people.

Blackburn continues: “Caring passionately about what you do and the team you work with is infectious and builds a culture that delivers success and is enjoyable too. Role modelling and leading by example is also a crucial part of Beaverbrooks’ culture and this has to come from the top.”