Barrie Dobson, Kovas House , Hatton Garden, London, Professional HOT 100 Jeweller

The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) has appointed Barrie Dobson, head of sales for Lawrence Blunt, as a non-executive supplier director to the group.

The CMJ board made the decision to take action to increase the level of engagement and augment the partnership with their approved suppliers by introducing the role of supplier director on the board.

The main focus of the role is to represent and be a spokesperson for suppliers to the CMJ board of directors and to ensure they have a direct line of communications to the directors and executive team.


Dobson is the second supplier to join the board, with the buying group appointing its first, Chris Burrow of ATS Bullion Ltd in August 2016.

The new supplier director has a career in the jewellery industry that spans over four decades, since joining Anglo Weightman Ltd in 1975, covering a wide range of jewellery disciplines including wholesale, retail, and manufacturing. Currently head of sales for diamond jewellery manufacturer, Lawrence Blunt; Dobson has also served as vice chairman and chairman of British Jewellers Association (now NAJ) and is a member of the International Jewellery London advisory board.

Speaking about his appointment Dobson shares: “I consider myself a fairly well-known and approachable figure within the jewellery industry and I see it as an honour to represent the views of my fellow suppliers to the CMJ Board and executive team. I’m looking at the role from the perspective of adding benefit to both the CMJ retail members and approved suppliers and ultimately to help grow the CMJ.”

Dobson will commence his position today (February 5) and join the board for the next meeting on February 20.

Chairman of the board, Michael Aldridge, comments: “It’s been our intention for some time to improve the support and benefit we offer our valued CMJ approved suppliers. Appointing a spokesperson such as Barrie, is a really positive step towards our goal of an interdependent partnership with our suppliers. We also believe that Barrie and the suppliers have the potential to add extra benefit to CMJ Retail Members with their collective ideas and experience.”