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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 in2004, 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 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!
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.
With over 30 years of experience selling Brands, Kevan has 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.
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.
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.
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."
My bio is: 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.