Today, the National Association of Jewellers has welcomed its new chief executive officer, Simon Forrester, to the helm.

Forrester takes over form Michael Rawlinson, who stepped down as CEO May last year after two years in the position.

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.


Formerly the chief executive of the British Pest Control Association, Forrester has said he is looking forward to getting his “teeth into an entirely new sector”.

On Twitter the new CEO wrote: “Starting my new job tomorrow, really looking forward to getting my teeth into an entirely new sector. @UKNAJ a great team already – let’s see how we can build on that success.”

Forrester 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.

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.

Industry professionals will have the opportunity to meet Forrester on the NAJ’s stand at Jewellery & Watch in February.