Trade show International Jewellery London (IJL) has announced the appointment of a new event manager following the departure of event director Sam Willoughby earlier this month.
Effective today (October 18), IJL’s former marketing manager Sarah Kitley-Spencer will take up the role of the show’s new event manager.
Kitley-Spencer will be supported in her new role by IJL’s sales manager Fotoulla Michael, who will continue to lead the sales team on the international event.
In her former role as marketing manager, Kitley-Spencer, who has been with IJL for more than seven years, worked closely with Willoughby and the wider team to expand the show commercially, both nationally and internationally.
She has been involved in implementing many of the market-leading features at IJL 2017, including the newly formatted seminar programme and the innovative 365-day strategy, encompassing content marketing, social media and industry support.
Commenting on her new role, Kitley-Spencer said: “I am thrilled to be taking up this position. For the past seven years, I have had the privilege of helping to develop IJL as a high-profile platform – not just for buying but also networking, education and mentoring.
“The team and I have been actively involved in creating new and inspiring initiatives for the show and we are all looking forward to working with the industry and developing the show further.
“I have a real passion for the jewellery industry, both in the UK and internationally, so it is very exciting to take on this new challenge, especially in this fast-moving age of social media, ecommerce and innovative retail experiences.”
Kitley-Spencer will report to Jacks Thomas, who, at IJL parent company Reed Exhibitions, also has responsibility for The London Book Fair, which she has headed up for four years.
Before joining Reed Exhibitions, Thomas was previously the chief executive of Midas PR, a communications agency serving the creative and publishing industries.