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PJ AWARDS 2019 FINALISTS: Business Leader of the Year


Professional Jeweller is delighted to announce the finalists in the Business Leader of the Year category of the 2019 Professional Jeweller Awards.

New for this year, this category honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their jewellery business in the past 12 months.

The finalists in the Professional Jeweller Awards Business Leader of the Year category are:

Andrew Hinds – F Hinds
Andrew Hinds has been integral to F. Hinds successfully acquiring Chapelle. Hinds is a man who always looks for opportunities, whether that’s areas to expand the retail estate or trends to embrace in order to capture the next generation of consumers.

Anna Blackburn – Beaverbrooks
Anna Blackburn has been leading the charge during some of the most profitable years in the history of Beaverbrooks. The jeweller is renowned for being a great employer, and Blackburn has had a key role to play in that – even receiving individual recognition in The Sunday Times’ list of best companies to work for list this year.

Hayley Quinn – Swarovski
Hayley Quinn has been heading up Swarovski’s consumer goods business in the UK & Ireland for over 10 years now and has many sparkling achievements under her belt. During her leadership the brand has scooped prestigious accolades, championed female empowerment, bolstered the company’s training offer, and lead countless innovations.

Kate Walsh – Pandora
Retail partners have nothing but good things to say about Kate Walsh, who moved to the UK business last year. During her first 40 days in the role, Walsh visited key stores, got stuck in on the shop floor, met with franchise partners, and planned the brand’s strategy for 2019 — a flavour of her leadership style.

Simon Walton – Berry’s
Simon Walton joined the business 30 years ago, and has been heavily involved in its growth. Not only does he lead from the top, he leads by example and is certainly no stranger to the shop floor. Simon Walton loves nothing more than getting stuck in, and it is this attribute that makes staff feel like Berry’s is a place to build a career.

Tony Bjork – Thomas Sabo
Tony Björk joined the UK business last year. While he’s had to make some tough calls in this region, he has really strengthened the online and wholesale side of the business, and has set a strong foundation for Thomas Sabo to continue to grow and develop.


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