IRV announce winner of David Wilkins award

11 October 2018

At the 2018 Loughborough Conference Michael Inkpen was announced as the winner, voted for by the NAJ's Institute of Registered Valuers, from a short list of seven, the other nominees being Julian Cousins, Steven Jordan, Barbara Leal, Shirley Mitchell, Avril Plant and Andrée Richardson.

 
The award was first presented in 1994 in memory of the late David Wilkins who was instrumental in setting up the Institute’s predecessor, the N.A.G. Registered Valuer Scheme, and comprises an Elizabethan-style silver dish which is inscribed with the winner's name who retains it for the relevant year.  It is complemented by the award of a £100 gift token to spend with the Gem-A to supplement the winner’s personal reference library and/or add to the equipment they use.
 
After the Conference Michael said, “I was completely overwhelmed and enormously proud to be the recipient of the IRV’s David Wilkins Award for Valuer of the Year for the second time [he first won it in 2011].  There is no doubt it is a great honour to be chosen by ones peers and I can only say a deeply felt thank you to all who nominated and voted for me.  I will do my utmost to live up to the accolade and promote and support our institute to the very best of my ability."     
 
About the Award
 
David Wilkins (1931-1994), former Chairman of the National Association of Goldsmiths (the NAJ's predecessor) Valuations Committee, had a distinguished career in the jewellery industry and was widely known and respected both for his outstanding personal qualities and great expertise.  More than any other individual David sought to encourage high standards of conduct and professionalism in respect of valuations.  The award that he sponsored remains as his legacy in promoting the aims for which he strove for so long.
 
The National Committee of the National Association of Jewellers may award the David Wilkins Trophy if an IRV has demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication or service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation.  
 
The Trophy, which was first presented in 1994, comprises an Elizabethan-style silver dish which is inscribed with the winner's name who retains it for the relevant year.  It is complemented by the award of a £100 gift token to spend with the Gem-A to supplement the winner's personal reference library and/or add to the equipment they use.
 
Who is likely to qualify for the David Wilkins Trophy?   
 
There is no official list of criteria that will enable a nominee to fulfil the citation but the following examples of conduct may provide some guidance:
 
(a)  Consistently producing valuations of exceptional standard.
(b)  Giving help and guidance to colleagues or to members of the public.
(c)  Working to promote and further the aims of NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.
(d)  Providing information/resources for NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.
(e)  Achieving exceptional results in training and/or examination.
(f)   Demonstrating high integrity.
(g)  Showing diligence in research and information gathering.
(h)  Displaying general conduct likely to enhance the reputation of NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.
 
Previous Winners
Terence J Watts - 1994
Alan J Smith - 1995
Roy V Huddlestone – 1996
J Louise Butterworth – 1997
Peter J R Jackson – 1998
Brian R Dunn – 1999
Michael S J Norman – 2000
Philip L Stocker – 2001
Rosamond S Clayton – 2002
Paul Templeton – 2003
John S Harris – 2004
Heather McPherson – 2005
David J Callaghan – 2006
Alan Hodgkinson – 2007
Peter Buckie – 2008
Steven Jordan – 2009
Adrian S Smith – 2010
Michael S Inkpen – 2011
Jonathan Lambert – 2012
Shirley Mitchell – 2013
Peter Hering - 2014
Graham Price and Barry Sullivan (joint) - 2015
Geoff Whitefield - 2016
Tim Bicknell - 2017
 
IRV announce winner of David Wilkins award

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