IRV call for nominations for the annual David Wilkins Award

7 March 2018

The NAJ’s Institute of Registered Valuers has announced its call for nominations for the 24th annual David Wilkins Award in recognition of exceptional skill, dedication and service in the field of jewellery appraisal and valuation. 

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.  This award is made on an annual basis.

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.

  • An IRV may nominate himself/herself or any other IRV they feel merits nomination.  A nomination may also be made by an NAJ member.
  • Completed nominations for the 2018 award must be sent to the NAJ Cardiff office to be received no later than 30 April 2018.
  • The selection of the winner from the nominations received will be by ballot of the NAJ’s Institute Registered Valuers.
  • The name of the successful nominee will be announced, and the presentation made, at the annual Loughborough Conference (15-17 September 2018).

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 the NAJ’s Institute of Registered Valuers.

(d)        Providing information/resources for IRVs.

(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 IRVs.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Sandra Page.  Telephone 029 2081 3615 or email, or you can download a form from the David Wilkins Award page on the IRV website at 

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