The latest National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) annual general meeting (AGM) saw chair Gary Wroe take to YouTube to give an update to the organisation and its members.
Wroe began: “Much has gone on, been achieved, postponed or in some cases cancelled thanks to the last, difficult 12 months, but what hasn’t changed is how we continue to strive to best support the professional jewellery community.
“We’re proud that the NAJ membership stands tall under the circumstances and obstacles put on it through Covid and Brexit, changing consumer trends and commercial challenges from international suppliers, particularly from southeast Asia. British jewellery and UK jewellers are very much here to stay.”
Also on the agenda was the unveiling of a number of changes in the NAJ’s senior leadership team – although there were more reelections than new faces.
Wroe will remain chair until next year, when current vice chair Heather Callaway will take over the position.
Meanwhile, David Doyle will also continue in his role as president for an additional 12 months, Wroe revealed.
Joining the NAJ National Committee is Chris Oliver, head of professional training at the Goldsmiths’ Centre and chair of the NAJ Education Steering Group.
Adam Jacobs, partner of Jacobs the Jewellers in Reading and chair of the NAJ’s Consumer Focus group, was also re-elected to the National Committee.
Referencing long-serving members Lyn Oliver, Lindsey Straughton and Sandra Page, Wroe concluded: “I must make a special mention of thank you to Lyn, Lindsey and Sandra in the staff team, each of whom have surpassed significant milestones in this last year.
“Lyn has passed 10 years’ service, Lindsey 25 and Sandra has just completed her 45th year with the association.
“We’re tremendously thankful to each of you and we look forward to recognising your ongoing commitment properly when we can do in a more traditional format.”
To watch the full address by chair Gary Wroe, see below: