Head of apprenticeships at the British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ), Lili Capelle, is preparing to shave her head for charity.

In honour of a BAJ Apprentice, aged 19, who recently lost his battle against leukaemia, Capelle, has organised a charity event where she will be shaving her head to raise money for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), a charity selected by BAJ students.  Following the chop, her hair will also be donated to become a wig for cancer patients.

The British Academy of Jewellery and its sister company, the Koppel Project, will be holding the event on Leather Lane in Hatton Garden between 1-2pm, August 8 2017.


Having felt the personal battle that her mum and Aunt had with cancer a few years ago, Capelle says she organised this event because even for people who are not sick, cancer is tough emotionally. She comments: “I really wanted to do something to help, as well as raise awareness that cancer can also affect younger people.”

With a strong educational acumen Capelle quickly became an integral part of the BAJ company, delivering the Level 3 diploma, and later becoming the lead IQA, ensuring the Academy delivers courses of the highest quality to our students.

Now the head of apprenticeships at BAJ, Capelle splits her time between the Academy’s campuses in London and Birmingham working with employers and apprentices.