The London Diamond Bourse (LDB) has appointed Katherine Chappell as its special advisor for ethical issues to its council of management.
A long-standing member of the LDB, Chappell is a specialist in fair trade principles having worked in the gemstone business for over 20 years.
Emigrating to Canada as a child in 1965, she settled in the gold mining town of Red Lake in northwest Ontario, later moving to the diamond province of Guyana and then South Africa, before returning to the UK in 1974. Through the family gemstone business Chappell has marketed the Nyala Rubyᵀᴹ from the Chimwadzulu mine in Malawi.
With extensive experience buying stones from source she has developed a working relationship with leading proponent of ethical sourcing and distribution, Columbia Gem House in the USA. In addition, she assists her father, David Hargreaves, who is a long-standing mining engineer in the preparation and presentation of consultancy reports on gemstone mines worldwide. Her extensive client list includes wholesale and retail jewellers committed to fair trade principles and she is also a member of Women in Mining.
Victoria McKay chief operating officer for the LDB said: “Kathy’s knowledge of the gemstone and diamond industry is second to none with particular emphasis on ethical sourcing and fair trade principles. For LDB, this means we can enhance our conversations around responsible sourcing and engage in a more relevant dialogue at the same time as strengthening the Bourse’s understanding of specialist issues.”
Katherine Chappell commented: “I am honoured to be appointed to this role. There are clear opportunities for the LDB in this area and I am excited about the prospect of working with the management team and clarifying the industry’s fair trade principles. We will achieve much together.”