National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) chief executive Michael Rawlinson has today (May 19) tendered his resignation from the organisation and is set to step down from his position with immediate effect.
A statement from the NAJ said Rawlinson intends to “pursue other interests”.
In his letter of resignation, Rawlinson said: “I have achieved what I set out to do when I joined the NAG four years ago, the possibility of joining together the two jewellery industry trade bodies arose. From this moment the prize of unifying the BJA and NAG was the goal.
“The NAJ is now ready to do its work as the single voice and leading trade body for the industry.”
Simon Johnson, NAJ chairman, added: “Michael has done a great job bringing together two organisations and two locations, as well as moving the London office to an ideal site in the heart of creative Clerkenwell.
“Change of this size is no easy task and he has achieved it with the support and backing of his team and the NAJ National Committee. We wish him well in his next challenge.”
It is understood that Michael Donaldson will step in as an interim consultant at the NAJ and work with the organisation during this period of transition until a new chief executive is appointed.