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Former BATF president passes away


Former BATF president, John Todd, passed away aged 88 on April 14, 2019.

Todd dedicated many years to the British Jewellers Association (now NAJ) and British Jewellery and Giftware Federation (now BATF), he was a highly thought of member of the industry.

John Todd (centre) dedicated many years to the trade.

Serving on the BJA national committee for 14 years before becoming chairman from 1985 – 1987, he was appointed as a director of the BJGF board in 1992 and was president in 1998; he was also chairman of the Gift Fairs Development board. Additionally, Todd was a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Freeman of City of London and Warden and Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office.

A statement reads: “It is with great sadness that we report that former BATF President, John Todd, passed away on April 14 2019, age 88.

“John was very highly thought of amongst his industry peers and former colleagues and will be sadly missed.”

John’s funeral will be held on May 3 at Redditch Crematorium, at 2pm, followed by a wake at St Andrew’s Hotel, Droitwich.


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