The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has announced the appointment of a new chairman and vice-chairman.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSimon Johnson, owner of Marmalade Fine Jewellery, was confirmed as the NAJ\u2019s chairman at the organisation\u2019s annual general meeting yesterday evening (Wednesday, 8 June) while Harriet Kelsall, of eponymous jewellery brand Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, will support him as vice-chairman.\r\n\r\nSpeaking of his appointment Johnson said: \u201cI feel that given the recent unification we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to affect some real and great changes to the way the association and its members benefit each other.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy first priority is to get the six steering groups up and running so the key areas of the association\u2019s work can start to be addressed and the NAJ can move forward. I feel incredibly privileged to be invited into this role."\r\n\r\nMichael Rawlinson, CEO of the NAJ, said he is \u201cdelighted\u201d to be working with Simon as the incoming chairman. He added that Simon is a \u201cgreat leader, with a clear vision for the association over the next two years\u201d.\r\n\r\nKelsall added: \u201cAs somebody who runs a design, manufacturing and retail business I have a balanced view of the needs of the different aspects of the membership and I hope to help promote and ensure this balance runs throughout the organisation in line with the unification.\r\n\r\n\u201cI am keen to try to further improve our ethics across the industry. I am keen that we develop our great JET education courses even further,bring them to new audiences and also collaborate with other great training providers.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe AGM followed the 2016 Congress, in which speakers commented on different aspects of leadership skills. Rawlinson also revealed plans are underway for a \u201cbigger and better\u201d conference in 2017, which he hopes to reveal later this year.