NAJ announces new chief executive officer

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The National Association of Jewellers has announced Simon Forrester, the current chief executive of the British Pest Control Association as its new chief executive officer.

With over 22 years’ experience in strategic-level association management and a track record of delivering increased member benefits, training courses, governance reviews, best practice and a substantial code of conduct linked to purchaser confidence, Forrester is well-positioned to take on this role at the NAJ, following the departure of Michael Rawlinson earlier this year.

Forrester has began his career in the NHS, and in the mid-1990s moved to a senior management role in a professional body. He has worked for professional institutions and trade associations in the healthcare, business tourism and construction sectors, and until early 2018 runs the British Pest Control Association, the trade body for public health pest control, after which point he takes over the NAJ role.

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Previous accolades include scooping the award of Trade Association Chief Executive of the Year in 2016 and his most recent association, The British Pest Control Association, has received several awards and nominations under his leadership.

NAJ Chairman Simon Johnson comments:“After a very thorough search, I am delighted that Simon has agreed to join the association as our new chief executive. We saw some amazing candidates and CVs for this role, but Simon stood head and shoulders above the rest. I’m really excited to start working with him and introducing him to the industry.”

Simon came through a rigorous recruitment process which saw the NAJ receive over 120 original applications.

Reflecting on his appointment, Forrester shares: “I am honoured and excited to be appointed CEO of the NAJ and have the opportunity to work with the very experienced National Committee, dedicated staff and committed industry members of the organisation. I look forward to working closely with all members to create and deliver integrated services that meet their needs. My key priorities are to learn more about our membership, engage them with compelling benefits, work with the whole industry to advance the cause of our sector, and develop our team to address the challenges we face in the years ahead.”


The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

1 Comment

  1. I do hope this new CEO does something positive to encourage retailers to import less, and find a positive way of re-building the manufacturing sector which is literally on its last legs !

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