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The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) has replaced two of its departing board members.

Retailer board director Jason Allum, of Allum & Sidaway, has stepped down after eight years.

His role is now filled by the newly-appointed Peter Simpkins of Simpkins Jewellers, which has three stores across Essex and Suffolk.


Meanwhile, CMJ supplier director Barrie Dobson leaves after a two-year tenure, prompting the appointment of Mesmeric Distribution’s Judith Lockwood to the role.

Both new directors shadowed the board last year before being fully opted onto the board of directors at the start of 2021.

They will be put forward to the membership for formal ratification later this year, the CMJ said.

Michael Aldridge, chairman of the CMJ, said: “We would like to thank both Jason and Barrie for their commitment to the CMJ over the years that they served on the board.

“They have both brought valuable experience to our group, helping to steer the CMJ in the direction it is taking today.

“At the same time, we look forward to welcoming our new directors, Peter and Judith, who will bring their own unique insights and ideas to the board.”

Judith Lockwood added: “Having been a supplier to the CMJ for around 18 years I have watched it change, grow and develop to where it is today.

“I’ve also been fortunate to be in the trade for nearly 30 years with experience in watches, luxury, diamonds, manufacturing and branded jewellery.

“I know many of my supplier peers and colleagues in the industry and believe I can bring my experience to the table as the supplier director, as well as being approachable, fair and trusted.

“I look forward to working with the board, the head office team, its members and fellow suppliers, helping to take CMJ towards its five-year strategy.”

The CMJ is the largest specialist jewellery and watch buying group in the UK and Ireland, with almost 150 retailer members.