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.

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.

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 for the 2022 award must be sent to the IRV Administrator to be received no later than 22nd April 2022.

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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.

 

Rules

  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.

 

2022’s Nominees

We are delighted and grateful to those individuals who nominated eight candidates for the 2022 David Wilkins Award.

The name of the winner will be announced at our Valuers’ Conference during the NAJ Summit after dinner on Saturday 11th June 2022.

The nominees are listed in alphabetical order:

Peter Buckie FIRV

Nominated by Carol Clarke-Ng FIRV

"I would like to nominate Peter Buckie. I think that he is extremely knowledgeable and goes into great detail about anything ‘jewellery related’. He also pays lots of attention to the smallest of details which I admire. He is very helpful to other valuers too."

Heather Callaway FIRV

Nominated by Claire Connolly

"I would like to nominate Heather Callaway.  She was my tutor through the CAT course and was a tremendous help to me. She marked my work with diligence and encouraged me through the Covid pandemic which was not easy for any of us.

I know she is a very experienced valuer and In line for the next chair of the NAJ, but I think given how busy she must be personally, she still had time to help and encourage me in studies as well as others."

Nominated by Simon Johnson MIRV

"She’s extended her high net worth private client business considerably this year regularly dealing with complicated pieces, she’s been dealing with court cases and aew pieces plus she’s the valuer for Garrard's and Mallory's, arguably two of the most prestigious jewellers in the country."

Nominated by Avril Plant FIRV

"I think she should receive the award for:

  • Years of personal commitment to the IRV and the committee.
  • Meticulous care and research in her valuations.
  • Always ready to help and advise from wide experience in both retail and the auction world.
  • Years of faithful support to CAT/FoAP students."

Simon Johnson MIRV

Nominated by Amanda Mackinnon FIRV

"Simon has demonstrated a huge commitment to our industry, he offers a very comprehensive service, and over the years has demonstrated his professionalism, passion and dedication. He is happy to share his knowledge."

Steven Jordan FIRV

Nominated by Gaynor Haylett-Mustafa FIRV

"I would like to nominate Steve Jordan this year. Unassuming, quiet Steve, whose humour and dedication is second-to-none. A true expert in his field, clearly fascinated by his ecclesiastic silverware obsession, we are lucky to have people who are able to share their own experiences and specific knowledge with us. Steve encouraged me years back, to become a valuer and I thoroughly respect his contribution to the trade and IRV group."

Nominated by Harriet Kelsall

"Steven is a bit of an un-sung hero because he is so modest and not one to brag or put himself forward.  But his expertise is extraordinary.  He is so fascinating to speak with and always takes the time to help others who may be either learning, or just interested in the subject of historic jewellery and silverware.  He particularly specialises in regalia and antique silverware and on these topics, he is second-to-none in expertise, but seems to know about everything else as well!  I was amazed when he came to value the NAJ chain of office for the NAJ (which he did free of charge because of course the NAJ is a not-for-profit organisation, so this was extremely kind of him) because he really took the time to explain a lot of the historic elements and the process of his valuation.  At IRV conferences, he helped me, and others understand more about valuing diamonds in one of the workshops he attended (during which I christened him ‘lazer eye’ because he got every single old-cut diamond colour and clarity right with only a loupe and no special lighting and without a colour-set!) and he also puts on fascinating workshops himself.

I think that at his level, he is a must for the David Wilkins Award."

Susan Pennington FIRV

Nominated by Barry Sullivan FIRV

"Last year I nominated Heather Callaway, Susan Pennington, Jackie Sanders, and Avril Plant. All of these FIRVs are still worthy of this prestigious award, each has continued to contribute their loyalty and time to serve our MIRVs/FIRVs.

This year both Susan Pennington and Jackie Sanders have given their valuable time in providing the MIRVs and FIRVs with Virtual Conferencing, this takes a great amount of organising on top of both earning their living. My two nominations this year are Susan Pennington and Jackie Sanders, both apart from their valuers conferencing, provide their role as two of the Institutes professional review panel members."

Avril Plant FIRV

Nominated by Jackie Sanders FIRV

"Avril has a wealth of knowledge gained from over 30 years within the jewellery trade.  She has been a IRV for over 20 years, and for many of those years a Fellow.  She has given many years of loyal support, service, and enthusiasm to the NAJ IRV.

She has not only maintained, enthused and nurtured her own retail staff, but has encouraged one of her past employees to become a highly respected independent valuer. Avril is an asset to the Institute, and it is my privilege to nominate her."

Jacqueline Sanders FIRV

Nominated by Fay Barrow MIRV

"Jackie has been an inspiration to me, in my own learning journey. Her quiet, practical approach to valuing gives me a sense of safe hands in this complex profession. I love she is so generous with her time for the newer valuers and I respect her strong sense of loyalty especially to the Institute.

Good luck Jackie you deserve this."

Nominated by Peter Buckie FIRV

"Jackie has been in the jewellery industry for over 30 years, and I believe she has been a RV for almost 20 of those years, mostly operating as an independent. During this time, she has achieved all the necessary qualifications associated with a professional jewellery valuer and I can vouch for the fact that she consistently produces very skilfully crafted, accurate valuations of a very high standard. Despite this, she possesses humility, a necessary ingredient for any successful appraiser, and is not afraid to ask for assistance if she feels she needs guidance of any kind, whether it be for a certain methodology in a particular circumstance, or perhaps for a second opinion on specialist items of jewellery. Furthermore, I cannot personally remember a time when she didn’t attend our annual Conference. Jackie’s an unpretentious person, and I do not think it is particularly well known that she is very involved ‘in the back room’ of the Institute, helping to organise the various education projects it offers. I hope Jackie doesn’t mind me saying that, in my opinion, she’s an unsung ‘Alpha Female’ and I consider she meets every aspect of the citation the David Wilkins Award requires."

Nominated by Barbara Leal FIRV

"Jackie is one of those unassuming gals who works away tirelessly in the background supporting and advising everyone else, rarely taking well-earned credit for what she does. Apart from being passionately involved in the NAJ IRV education programme, including CAT, she also arranges on-line tutorials for MIRVs/FIRVs and assists in putting together virtual seminars and, of course, the Spring IRV Conference. I’ve always found her to be very helpful with all aspects of required information and she is a crucial member of the team that makes the IRV wheels turn so smoothly and effectively. I believe she not only meets the criteria for winning the David Wilkins Award, she deserves it, and receiving such an accolade would be a public gesture of thanks that is long overdue."

Nominated by Amanda Mackinnon FIRV

"Two years in a row we have benefited from Jackie bringing us the virtual valuers’ conference. Jackie has guided FoAP (and CAT) students, and the rest of us towards the highest professional standards, she has helped us all, and in the wider community encouraged others to join, support and share their knowledge too. Reminding us what a great community we are together. Jackie brings out the best in us."

Nominated by Susan Pennington FIRV

"Jackie is a hard working very experienced, dedicated FIRV, a dedicated tutor and member of the Professional Review Panel. She is always ready to give up her time to help her fellow IRVs or newcomers starting their journey and I feel that she would be a deserving recipient of the David Wilkins Award."

Nominated by Barry Sullivan FIRV

"Last year I nominated Heather Callaway, Susan Pennington, Jackie Sanders, and Avril Plant. All of these FIRVs are still worthy of this prestigious award, each has continued to contribute their loyalty and time to serve our MIRVs/FIRVs.

This year both Susan Pennington and Jackie Sanders have given their valuable time in providing the MIRVs and FIRVs with Virtual Conferencing, this takes a great amount of organising on top of both earning their living. My two nominations this year are Susan Pennington and Jackie Sanders, both apart from their valuers conferencing, provide their role as two of the Institutes professional review panel members."

Barry Sullivan FIRV

 Nominated by Rosamond Clayton FIRV

"Apart from being an experienced valuer over a very long period of time, Barry has selflessly given his time and expertise to the Institute, to individual students and to other valuers. He is always ready to take on a new project in the jewellery world without hesitation.

Moreover, he is constantly looking at ways to offer education at home and overseas to promote the profile and standing of the NAJ IRV. He is our ‘Go To’ man in the Institute."

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
  • Barry Sullivan - 2020
  • Barbara Leal - 2021