NAJ News

NAJ’s Loughborough Conference a Hit

02 Oct 2018

The National Association of Jewellers’ Loughborough Conference once again proved a hit with delegates from across the country and globe. Taking place over the weekend of 15-17 September at Loughborough University’s modern facilities, the event attracted well over 200 delegates including more than 100 Registered Valuers.

Conference hosted no less than 42 guest speakers including well-known names such as Joanna Hardy, Richard Drucker, Alan Hodgkinson, Maggie Campbell Pedersen, Kerry Gregory, as well as our own “Institute grown” well respected specialists such as Michael Inkpen – the winner of this year’s David Wilkins Award (the first recipient to win it a second time) 

Now in its 28th at Loughborough University, the event has grown year-on-year and expanded to include sessions of interest not just to valuers but to manufacturers, designer makers and retailers too.

Along with two main presentations per day and six 90-minute workshops from a choice of 31, the event included an informal Presentation of Awards Ceremony to present certificates to the eight delegates who were successful in the 2017 Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) exam, plus Graham Tom of Graham Tom Diamond Experts received his Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers. 

During dinner on the two evenings we also held a raffle and quiz which raised a staggering £2,455 for the NAJ Educational Trust charity.

Our grateful thanks to this year’s Conference sponsors: Gold Sponsor T H March & Co Ltd and Silver Sponsors the Academy of Valuers, Crown of Light, Fellows, Gemmology Rocks, Gemworld International Inc, and the Guild of Valuers & Jewellers.

 NAJ CEO, Simon Forrester said: “Loughborough conference was exactly as everyone had described it. A fantastic opportunity to learn from true experts in their fields, and Network with colleagues from across the industry.  The conversations over tea breaks, meals and the in the bar were worth the price of admission alone. My only regret is that many members who i know would benefit were not there. I’d urge every member to consider attending next year.”

Provisional dates for 2019 are set at 14-16 September. To find out more email