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National Association of Jewellers kicks off search for new chief exec

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has kicked off the search for its new chief executive following the departure of former chief exec Michael Rawlinson who left the association in May.

The association has now published the job advertisement for the role via a specialist association recruitment firm.

According to the job posting, the he key objectives for the new chief exec will be to build on the success of the merger of the British Jewellers Association (BJA) and National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG), as well as to support the team in reinforcing the commercial value of association membership, listening to members and representing the industry in the consumer arena.

The mission of the NAJ is to increase UK consumers’ confidence in the purchase of jewellery through the integrity, professionalism, governance, representation, education, training and creativity of its members.

Speaking exclusively to Retail Jeweller about the search for a new chief exec, the NAJ’s interim business manager Michael Donaldson said: “Experience, has taught me two important lessons about recruitment: one, never recruit in a hurry and two, the better the brief, the better the chance of finding the right candidate.

“Both lessons have been applied to this process to improve our chances of finding a new CEO with the right skill set to deliver the growth and performance we desire for the NAJ.”

The role is advertised at £65k-£85k plus benefits and the full job posting can be accessed by visiting

The closing date for applications in July 31 with initial interviews due to be held in mid-August and final interviews planned for late September.

Those interested in learning more about the role can also contact Niall Campbell direct on 07795 564187 or email him at


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