NAJ News

Our deepest sympathies: former CEO passes away

17 Apr 2020

Author: David Doyle, NAJ President

It is with a heavy heart that yesterday I learned of the passing of Michael Hoare, former Chief Executive of the National Association of Goldsmiths.

Michael Hoare former NAG CEO

Michael will be known to many in the industry as he served the Association (when it was the NAG) from 2000 to 2013, and was instrumental in launching the Responsible Jewellery Council and SaferGems, a national intelligence-sharing initiative to counter crime in the Jewellery, Antiques and Fine Art Trades. Towards the latter part of his leadership, Michael also progressed valuation standards working with key members of the trade to formalise the Institute of Registered Valuers (IRVs), again an integral part of the National Association of Jewellers today.  

On his passing, John Henn, Managing Director of Henns Jewellers in Wolverhampton said,

“Michael came to the rescue of the NAG way back in 2000 and was interviewed by Bill Grant the chairman and myself at the time. We immediately loved his open and engaging personality which was later to transform the relationship our trade association had with the wider Industry. While I was chairman he was unreservedly supportive and with Frank Wood, (treasurer), Jonathan Lambert, (vice chairman), Michael (CEO) and myself we became in his own words the ‘Four Musketeers’ steering the association into a more inclusive role.”

“A memory that will live with me, and I think did him, to the end, was when the two of us were recruiting for a ‘second in command’ for the NAG and we really liked one candidate. He didn’t have the perfect personality, but was properly qualified for the role we required. Michael asked the pertinent question: “Is there any reason why you couldn’t start this job immediately” to which the candidate explained he was on day release from prison during a preparation phase to re-integrate him into the community. It turned out he was in for fraud after orchestrating an insurance scam just outside Wolverhampton!”

“Michael and Anne came to my wedding in France and he remained a friend to the end. My thoughts are with Anne and their sons, Michael was a great man and left us all who knew him, with life lessons on how to be a better human being.”

Sadly losing his long battle with Cancer, Michael led a diverse membership, ranging from SMEs, multi-national luxury goods and retailers a plenty. As President, and on behalf of all at the National Association of Jewellers our deepest sympathies to Michael’s wife Anne and their sons. Any cards or sympathy from the trade are to be sent to the below addresses, kindly being handled by Amanda Reavell and R A Braithwaites in York.


Mrs A Hoare, c/o NAJ Educational Trust,
PO Box 12782, 22 Gainsborough Road,
Sudbury, CO10 3DY

or alternatively: 

Mrs A Hoare, c/o R A Braithwaite,
83 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS.


Source: David Doyle, NAJ President