Adam Jacobs, Jacobs the Jewellers
Adam Jacobs is the joint owner of award winning and nationally recognised Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading's oldest independent retail jewellery shop. A graduate of Bath University with a BSc (Hons) in management, Adam subsequently worked for Marks & Spencer Plc at Head Office and Evidently, a boutique marketing agency in London, before joining the family business in 2003. Adam chairs Reading UK, the economic development company for the Reading region and is a council member of Reading's Chamber of Commerce, as well as being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. He Chairs the Consumer Focus steering group of the National Association of Jewellers & is a committee member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Communications and Marketing group. He's also a season ticket holder at Reading FC and enjoys spending time with his family.
Alexander Pecko, Banks Lyon
Alexander Pecko joined independent family jewellers Banks Lyon as a director in March 2015. Specialising in fine diamond jewellery and luxury watches, Banks Lyon is an award-winning business with a flagship store in Lancaster and a second store in Kendal. Prior to joining Banks Lyon, Alexander worked as an equity derivatives broker in London.
Andrew Lewis, Hot Diamonds Group
With over 12 years experience within the jewellery industry, Andrew started as the Sales Manager for R Platnauer Ltd working with many UK luxury brands developing bespoke jewellery collections and gentleman’s accessories. Andrew joined the Hot Diamonds Group in May 2010 as a Brand Manager to develop the Midlands / Northern Independent territory over a four year period. Due to the consistent success achieved and dedication to the Brand, Andrew was promoted into a newly created role of ‘Head of International Sales’ in November 2014. Andrew currently manages all of Hot Diamonds UK National and International business with the brand currently operating in over 12 countries globally.
Bruce Andrews, Beaverbrooks
Head of Luxury Brands for Beaverbrooks; been in this role for 3 years, prior to this I was a watch and branded jewellery buyer, and before this I headed up the Visual Merchandising and Display Development side of the business. I’ve been with Beaverbrooks for 35 years, starting out in our branch in St Annes, just around the corner from our Office. I absolutely love working for this very special company, and also the industry and the diverseness and variety each day brings.
Carol Sinfield, The House of Shaun Leane
Carol has a wealth of experience drawn from over 25 years within the jewellery industry. She has been appointed to key positions by a number of successful brands and businesses within the jewellery world, ranging from consumer facing retail to European wholesale. Carol’s first foray into jewellery began in retail and then with the pioneering eponymous jewellery brand, Roberto Coin into wholesale. Carol then moved to new territory with Italian fashion jewellery brand, Ti Sento Milano. Following a successful tenure at Ti Sento, Carol joined award winning Birmingham based, Hockley Mint. Here, Carol worked closely with the team to promote British design and manufacturing through a valued network of wholesale clients. Carol is now Head of Wholesale for the UK & Europe for The House of Shaun Leane.
Elizabeth Galton, Mappin & Webb
A graduate of the RCA and named one of the ‘top 50 influential players in the Luxury Jewellery Industry' by Vanity Fair's Power List – Elizabeth has creatively led brands including Watches of Switzerland, Links of London and Mappin and Webb. In 2021, Elizabeth was appointed Marketing Director of Signet, the World’s largest diamond retailer.
As Creative Director of British jeweller Mappin & Webb, Elizabeth was tasked with creating a new identity for the 240-year-old brand and created designs for the Royal Household.
Elizabeth has been recognised in 'Who's Who' publication of Britain's Business Elite and is also a Business Fellow at InnovationRCA, a Liveryman of the City of London and a mentor for the Princes Trust.
Frances Hopes, Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ)
Fran has worked in the jewellery and watch industry for more than 15 years and has a strong background in journalism and communications. After starting out in the trade at Retail Jeweller magazine in 2004, she joined the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) in 2011 as communications manager. Fran then worked for three years at jewellery specialist PR agency Facets, before returning to the CMJ as Head of Marketing in August 2019.
Gary Wroe, Hockley Mint Ltd
Gary Wroe is the Managing Director of award-winning Hockley Mint Ltd one of the UK’s largest manufacturing jewellers. Gary is current chair of the National Association of Jewellers along with other industry roles such as a Warden of the Birmingham Assay office, Director of the British Allied Trades Federation, trustee of The Benevolent Society, and is a member of the British Hallmark Council. In 2020 Gary became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Working in the industry for over 35 years Gary has a wealth of experience in the trade. Studying at The University of Birmingham, Gary holds a Master’s in business. Being a lifelong West Brom fan, he has certainly seen the highs and lows with the club!
Gareth Thomas, Brown & Newirth
During a 15-year jewellery career, Gareth has honed his talents within roles across retail, field sales and marketing. Passionate about making the process of buying jewellery an experience in itself, in 2019 Gareth became Business Development Director for Brown & Newirth. In 2021 Gareth celebrates 10-years with the company where he continues his work to develop their in-store and online bridal jewellery boutique experience.
Jason Fitzgerald started working in the watch and jewellery industry over 30 years ago, progressing quickly to hold various Regional Management roles across London and the South of England before joining the Watches of Switzerland Group in 2015 as National Sales Manager for Goldsmiths.
Jason is currently the Retail Director for Mappin & Webb (part of the Watches of Switzerland Group) who are extremely proud to be Royal Warrant holders as well as home to the Crown Jeweller. He has a true passion for developing, motivating and coaching his teams and delivering exceptional customer service to ensure Mappin & Webb continue building on the great successes over recent years.
Mr Jayant Raniga
Mr Jayant Raniga, born and educated in London, England has always had a passion for the jewellery industry and strong academic interests in the field of precious metals and luxury. He has strong links with the Indian gem and jewellery industry and wants to build stronger and effortless bilateral trading links between the two countries.
Today Jayant is the third generation of his family’s jewellery business after a successful career in the corporate banking world. Jayant is responsible for the omnichannel growth of his company PureJewels, which was originally established in 1950 in Nairobi, Kenya by his grandfather Bhanji Gokaldas and in London since 1975.
PureJewels’ many collaborations with designers have been recognised with numerous design and business awards over the years.
PureJewels is recognised for its meaningful and cutting-edge designs in high karatage fine jewellery taking inspiration from its heritage and journey from India to Africa to England. Its beautiful destination store inspires jewellery purchases through story-telling and exceptional customer experience.
PureJewels aims to build a strong retail presence in the UK by creating a British luxury brand with deep eastern roots appealing to a diverse consumer group who are interested in the luxury and warmth of purity.
John Stoner, Phillip Stoner
At the age of 21 Jonathan became one the youngest Fellows of the Gemmological Association (F.G.A) in England, later becoming a qualified Gemmologist and Diamond Grader.
In 2008 Phillip Stoner’s reputation for exceptional craftsmanship, outstanding customer service and value for money, became the responsibility of Jonathan, who bought the company following his father’s retirement.
Since becoming Managing Director, the successes have continued. The company’s first boutique outside Yorkshire opened in Manchester in 2010 and the relocation of Phillip Stoner’s workshop and subsequent expansion of their bespoke offering cemented their reputation as one of the North’s leading bespoke specialists.
Kevan Jenkinson, Hockley Mint
With over 30 years of experience selling Brands, Kevan had been with Clogau for over 12 years, instrumental in the development and growth within the UK, they now have over 300 doors, he has also has a good knowledge of Travel Retail and Multiple business.
Mark Robinson, Group Managing Director, Citizen Watch UK
For over 24 years Mark Robinson, Group Managing Director, Citizen Watch UK has been instrumental in the strategic development and leadership of the UK business, now a multi-brand watch house. Overseeing leading consumer brands, including Citizen, Bulova and Swiss watch brands Frederique Constant and Alpina.
With a background in product and marketing Robinson has been instrumental in leading the brands to their success in the UK, ensuring Citizen has remained one of the top selling watch brands in the UK under £500. Robinson has held strong long-term working relationships with both retailers and partners, including over 10 years working with IMG / RAF Red Arrows, developing innovative Citizen Eco-Drive Red Arrows watch collections.
Olivia Stewart-Stead, Fitzgerald Jewellers
Olivia Stewart-Stead has been in the industry since the age of 18. In May 2017, she joined the Fitzgerald Jewellers team, progressing to manager just 5 months later. Olivia led the innovative store refit that year, that would see them shortlisted and ultimately win a nationally recognised award in 2018. Now, having taken over the day to day running of the jewellers and pursuing her passion for Fitzgerald's to stand out from the crowd, Olivia is continuing to look for original ways of developing their independent store.
Rachael Taylor, Journalist and The Jewellery Cut co-founder
Rachael Taylor is a freelance jewellery journalist and regular contributor to a wealth of titles across the globe including The Financial Times, Condé Nast titles, Retail Jeweller and Rapaport. Rachael is also the co-founder of The Jewellery Cut, a platform that showcases independent fine jewellery designers through engaging editorial, sparkling social posts and live events, including a bi-annual jewellery showcase during London Fashion Week.
Steve Brookes, Charles Green
I joined Charles Green in 2010 as Sales Manager, working closely with the country’s finest independent jewellers to strengthen their bridal jewellery sales through the quality of our product, marketing support and bespoke design service. Over the years my role has developed as the industry has changed and I've had the pleasure to work closely with customers on their digital and social offerings, as well as unique and exclusive collections. Eleven years later I still love the job and the different challenges it brings each day and I take great pride in working for the UK’s finest jewellery manufacturer."
I’ve worked in the industry for 30 years. I lead a family business that has been trading for 111 years. I am a gemologist and diamond grader and am passionate about exceptional customer service.
Andrew Sollitt Sales Director, Domino
Andrew has worked for Domino as Sales Director for nearly 15 years with responsibility for managing and developing its UK customer base and ensuring the business is focused on delivering their needs. He has also overseen Domino’s expansion internationally particularly into Europe. Prior to Domino, he had worked exclusively in retail, working for some of the UKs biggest household names including Marks & Spencer, Specsavers and Numark. This retailing background has been invaluable in helping him to build links with the UK’s and Europe’s retail jewellers.
A qualified CA and previously Finance and Administrative Director, Helen has been Houlden Jewellers Ltd Chief Executive Officer since 2016.
Helen is responsible for directing the daily operations of the Houlden team as well as being involved in the strategic planning of the organisation, and reports to the Board of Directors on a regular basis.
With 21 years’ experience in the trade, Helen took over the Houlden helm from Founding Director, Stuart Laing, in 2016 and has been CEO for almost five years. Helen oversees the company’s financial and administrative functions, supported by a diverse board and the fantastic team at Houlden, both of which have a wealth of experience.
A former world Highland dance champion, Helen’s leisure time is dedicated to passing on her knowledge and expertise as a teacher and judge internationally, in Canada, USA and South Africa, as well as throughout Scotland.
Jo Hill is proud owner of Hill & Hill The Jewellers in Altrincham, winner of Store Design of the Year 2020, and in 2018 winner of Services to the Industry award. For nearly 25 years Jo has placed herself at the heart of the Jewellery industry, being the champion of great customer service, innovation and fresh ideas. Jo has worked alongside some of the biggest designers and retailers in the UK bringing her passion for jewellery to many who have called upon her for her expertise. Her own shop in Altrincham is testiment to her fresh approach, bringing fashion and new trends into her stunning jewellery boutique well ahead of others. Jo has a habit of turning everything she touches into gold!
From her London studio in Clerkenwell Melanie Eddy creates sculptural jewellery that uses geometry as a tool to explore the relationship of form to the body.
She is a Director of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery and is consistently involved in projects relating to her field; sector development, research, writing, exhibition installation and curation are examples. Melanie has undertaken contracts with institutions and corporations as varied as Swarovski, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Council, The National Gallery and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’.
Her wider industry work has taken her far afield from her initial homeland of Bermuda – including South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan) and Thailand. She sees her working practice as an example of a comprehensive and industry tailored approach and is currently involved in initiatives looking at diversity within the jewellery trade and one of the founders of a fund and charitable organisation looking to effect change through education, advocacy and community.
Melanie teaches on the MA Design: Ceramics Furniture and Jewellery programme at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.