EDF Congress 2016 speakers announced by the NAJ

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This year’s Executive Development Forum (EDF) will host leaders from both jewellery and non-jewellery industries, who will share their views on leadership in business. Each will give personal accounts of the running of their organisations along with important lessons they’ve learnt in the process.

Speakers include Anna Blackburn, chief executive of Beaverbrooks; Steve Bennett, chief executive of the Genuine Gemstone Company; Adrian de Courcey, of transport operator company Travel de Courcey, and Jesper Neilsen, who this year launches Amazing Jewelry following 14 years being a key player in the global jewellery industry.

Chief executive of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), Michael Rawlinson, says: “The EDF congress will inspire and encourage all business leaders within the jewellery industry, whatever the size or type of business you run, and is open to both members and non-members of the NAJ.”

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In order to make the most out of the day, the NAJ’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM) will follow the EDF congress. “Everything is set for a fantastic day,” Rawlinson continues. “We will be holding the AGM straight after the congress followed by a networking reception. I would encourage everyone to give serious consideration to attending as the feedback we get is always very positive and tells of how valuable the day was.”

Details for the 2016 EDF Congress are as follows:


Novotel Birmingham, 70 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HT


Wednesday 8th June


09.00 registration; 09.30 start; 16.30 close.


Tickets £225 per person including lunch.

The EDF Congress will be followed by the first NAJ AGM at 17.15. Both the AGM and the drinks reception are free to all members and invited guests.



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