Jeweller Harriet Kelsall was this afternoon (June 14) formally announced as the new chair of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) at its annual general meeting (AGM).
Kelsall, who owns three jewellery studios located in London, Cambridge and Hertfordshire, will succeed Simon Johnson of Marmalade Jewellery in Chiswick, who has held the post for two years.
Speaking at the AGM, held at Goldsmith’s Hall, Kelsall told members of some of her plans for the future of the association.
“I look forward to working with Simon Forrester on the future shape and structure of the NAJ,” she said.
“In order to fulfil our new strategy going forward, we will now begin a top‐down review of governance, volunteers, staffing, technology and communication. We have been talking to people interested in becoming future leaders of the NAJ. I look forward to further improving things and to building on the success of the steering groups; our team of volunteers across the different speciality areas that are represented across our membership.”
She also added: “One other thing I wanted to say is that it is very easy to criticise and organisation like ours. But, being a member of the NAJ isn’t just about taking, it should also be about giving and about helping our industry.
“After all, when we work together to improve the whole industry, we improve it for ourselves too. We take our members subscriptions and we try to do the very best for the whole industry with them.
“If you are a member I’d like to urge you to help be part of our ever-continuing change for the better; not just by paying your subscription but also be getting involved. If you aren’t a member – please join us for the greater good. Come along to our events, engage with our networks and perhaps even volunteer a little of your time to help. You will be amazed what you can get out of it if you properly engage with it.”