Former Laings and Parkhouse the Jeweller valuer takes head role.

Geoff Whitefield has been appointed the new chairman of the Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV), replacing Jonathan Lambert who is stepping down after five years in the role.

Whitefield, who has 21 years’ experience in the jewellery industry, is an independent valuer, member of the Society of Jewellery Historians, the Silver Society and long-running member of the National Association of Goldsmiths’ (NAG) and Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV).


His career started when Whitefield took a role as a trainee at an independent jeweller. He went on to achieve several qualifications including the NAG’s Retail Jewellers’ Diploma and the Retail Jewellers’ Gemmology Diploma.

Since then his career has moved into writing post-loss valuations for insurance purposes, providing his services at Parkhouse & Laing the Jewellers, in Southampton, Cardiff, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

He said of the role: “I was privileged to be invited to take over the reins as Jonathan’s successor in the post of Chairman of the NAG’s Institute of Registered Valuers, but not I might add, without some trepidation – my predecessor is leaving some pretty hefty size shoes to fill.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with everyone on the committee immensely, helping to oversee the next phase of our growth and development. I firmly believe that together the IRV can establish a valuation practice in the UK, that truly sets the standard not just here, but as one that will hopefully become internationally recognised thanks to the launch of the Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) programme.”

Whitefield has been described as “an invaluable member of the institute,” according to the IRV, where he has taken several pivotal positions serving the IRV Valuations, presenting workshops about Replacement and Customised Watches – said to be his speciality – and recently working extensively on the post-loss sections of the IRV’s Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT).

Whitefield said the Institute has made swift focused progress in the five years since its inception, working in a far more transparent and accountable way for all end users.

"Compared to valuation practices and attitudes that seemed typical when I first started out in my career we are making a difference," he stated.

He plans to drive awareness of the Institute in the public domain, while seeking ways to support independent and county-class retailers during the recessionary period.