Michael Rawlinson Named CEO of New U.K. Trade Organization

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), the new organization formed from the merging of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) and the National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG), has named Michael Rawlinson its new CEO. 

Rawlinson was previously the CEO of NAG. In his new role, he will work to bring NAG and BJA together as one organization inclusive to the entire U.K. jewelry supply chain. He was appointed to his new role by the Unification Working Party, a group of BJA and NAG members tasked with creating the new association. 

“The selection panel was unanimously impressed by his ambitious and appropriate vision for NAJ,” said Gary Wroe, chairman of BJA and member of the Unification Working Party. “Michael’s personal attributes together with his clear enthusiasm for the creation of the newly agreed trade body has been recognizable in his current role, and for his future role and we wish him enormous success.” 

“To be selected as the first chief executive of NAJ is an absolute honor, and I’m delighted,” said Rawlinson. “I now look forward to working alongside members of both the current organizations, the BJA and NAG, to develop the most effective policies and actions to bring NAJ to the industry as soon as possible.”