David Wilkins Award

983 David Wilkins Award

About the Award

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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 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.


Nomination and Qualifying Criteria

An NAJ Institute Registered Valuer may nominate himself/herself or any other IRV they feel merits nomination. A nomination may also be made by an NAJ member.

Completed nominations must be sent to the IRV Administrator to be received no later than the date given.

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Nomination Criteria

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:

  1. Consistently producing valuations of exceptional standard. 
  2. Giving help and guidance to colleagues or to members of the public. 
  3. Working to promote and further the aims of NAJ Institute Registered Valuers. 
  4. Providing information/resources for NAJ Institute Registered Valuers. 
  5. Achieving exceptional results in training and/or examination. 
  6. Demonstrating high integrity. 
  7. Showing diligence in research and information gathering. 
  8. Displaying general conduct likely to enhance the reputation of NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.



  1. Nominees may include members of the Valuations Steering Group.
  2. Nomination must be by either an NAJ Institute of Registered Valuer Member/Fellow, an NAJ Member or someone qualified to make an informed judgement as to the merits of the nominee.
  3. Self-nomination must be seconded by some such person as in point 2 above.
  4. Past IRV winners can be nominated.
  5. When considering nominations the Valuations Steering Group may call for further proof or particulars to support a particular nomination and may at its discretion exclude a nomination without stating reasons.
  6. The Valuations Steering Group shall seek nominations annually by written notice to all NAJ Institute of Registered Valuer Members/Fellows and NAJ Members.
  7. The selection from the nominations received will be by ballot of the NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.
  8. These rules may be amended at any time by the Valuations Steering Group which has an absolute discretion in all matters to do with the award of the Trophy.


The 2020 Winner 

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We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 David Wilkins Award is Barry Sullivan. This is the second time Barry has won the award, he previously won it in 2015. He is the third recipient to win it a second time.

The announcement was made during our Valuers’ Virtual Conference which took place on Sunday 18th October.

In response to receiving the award Barry said,

I would like to thank all of my proposers and everyone that voted for me. This award is deserved by everyone that was on the David Wilkins Award nomination list and a lot of other people too. Thank you all for offering and giving your help this year.

There have been so many IRVs this year that have worked tirelessly, many of them behind the scenes, to bring us back to where we are today.

In accepting this award I would like to dedicate this to all those members that have helped us achieve so much in such a very short time, and to thank everyone that has sat on our Valuations Steering Group and the other steering groups and have given so much of their time, in particular Heather Callaway, our next NAJ Chair.

Our President, David Doyle, in an announcement at the Valuers’ Virtual Conference, organised by our FIRVs Jackie Sanders and Susan Pennington both of whom are CAT and/or FoAP tutors, has already stated all those achievements this year. I would like to also thank the NatCom chair Gary Wroe and past chair Harriet Kelsall for supporting every one of our Valuation Steering Group proposals, helping us in achieving all those things and bringing all the IRVs closer together, and not forgetting our fantastic NAJ staff that made all this happen in such a difficult time while we were all in Covid-19 lockdown. Thank you all.

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.

The following IRVs were also nominated for the award: Nicholas Bailey FIRV, Heather Callaway FIRV, W Rupert Huddy FIRV, Simon Johnson MIRV, Barbara Leal FIRV, Susan Pennington FIRV, Jacqueline Sanders FIRV and Lynn Tones FIRV.


Previous Winners

Since the Award was first presented in 1994, the winners have been as follows:

  • 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
  • Michael Inkpen - 2018
  • Shirley Mitchell- 2019