Jason Holt appointed as vice-chair and new committee members revealed.

Gary Williams of Pressman Mastermelt has been appointed chairman of the British Jewellers Association (BJA), taking over from Mike Hughes.

Williams was officially welcomed to the role at the BJA AGM held at Somerset House in London yesterday by IBB sales director Barrie Dobson who said that he knew Hughes was “happy to leave the BJA in Gary’s hands”.


In his first official role as chairman Williams appointed Holts Gems owner Jason Holt as vice-chairman.

Jeweller Sarah Jordan was appointed to the BJA National Committee after spending some time as a co-opted member, and Holt, Helen O’Neill and Cindy Dennis Mangan were re-elected to the National Committee.

Jeweller Harriet Kelsall and Clogau Gold managing director Ben Roberts joined as co-opted members, a position that will allow them to test the waters before making a decision as whether to become full National Committee members.

Hughes could not be at the AGM to deliver the chairman’s report but Williams gave members an update on the BJA’s recent successes which includes membership numbers hitting an all-time high of 1,053.

Speaking of his plans for the BJA as chairman Williams said that he intened to “carry on exactly where Mike left off”.
He added: “I think it’s time now to focus on the membership and I’m going to add a lot more value to the membership fee. I want when people ask you why you are a member of the BJA to have a whole list of reasons.

“If you have an issue, a query, a problem, my plea is that you come and talk to me and to Jason and we’ll do what we can to make every penny of your membership fee worth it.”