The Houlden Group have announced the appointment of Joe Walsh, chief executive officier of Laings, as the latest director to join the board of the luxury jewellery consortium.

His appointment, designed to further strengthen the board’s breadth of expertise, coincides with a reshuffle of responsibilities enabling the directors to best direct the strategy for the Houlden organisation and management to meet the members’ needs.

The reshuffle of responsibilities within the board focuses on each individual director’s skills and knowledge. John Lunn has taken up the mantel of brand director, forging strong relationships with key brands and suppliers to the group to grow and develop business for all parties. James Rice is assuming the role of buying director, sourcing new suppliers and looking for opportunities to increase business with existing suppliers.


Lizzie McAuley takes on the role of marketing and training director to guide the Houlden office in the delivery of valuable services to the members. Joe Walsh brings his strategic and progressive outlook to the table, helping to direct Houlden forward to a successful future that responds to its members’ needs. Keith Gill continues as membership director, providing both valuable support to the existing members and also networking and reaching out to  like-minded jewellers who might add to and benefit from the Houlden Advantage.

Walsh brings proven strategic experience and a progressive outlook to the Houlden Group, having been at the helm of Laings since 2014 managing the overall operations and guiding the business through a significant period of growth. As part of this, he has helped develop the jeweller’s vision for the future, drawing on all the advantages of modern-day retail innovation and technology, whilst paying homage to Laings rich history as a luxury jeweller.

Walsh’s appointment to the board comes as Christopher Carry of Jamieson & Carry steps down after nine years.

Houlden chief executive, Helen Haddow, says: “As we greet Joe, we say goodbye with grateful thanks to Christopher Carry of Jamieson & Carry, Aberdeen. Christopher, in his role as the Houlden buying director, has helped steer and support the Board through changing times, introducing new suppliers as well as forging strong relationships with our existing portfolio of suppliers – heralding the introduction of exclusive collections for Houlden Members. Joe’s appointment adds further valuable diversity to the board. His unique business skill set and enthusiasm for the industry mirrors Houlden’s own values of being passionate, principled and progressive. we look forward to working alongside joe.”

Joe Walsh adds: “I’m delighted to join the Houlden board of directors. Houlden was founded by my father-in-law Stuart Laing, who retired from Houlden in 2016 and so it feels like a natural step to be involved in a business that shares a history and the same family values that Laings holds.”