Rebecca van Rooijen
Meet the Co-Founder and Editor of Benchpeg.
Rebecca van Rooijen
Co-founder | Editor
Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has over 25 years of experience in the jewellery industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery trade could share and access information.
Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg and the weekly newsletter (which just celebrated its 700th issue) which she created 16 years ago, Rebecca is a Trustee of the Bishopsland Educational Trust, a Committee Member for the Communications and Marketing Committee at The Goldsmiths’ Company, she also currently sits on the Communications Sounding Board at the Goldsmiths' Company as well as being a member of the Goldsmiths' Fair Sub-Committee which guided the event from physical to digital in 2020 in lockdown.
Previously she has sat on the Selection Committee for the Goldsmiths' Directory, has been a business mentor for the Crafts Council, and was elected a Committee Member of the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council (retired). She been on many selection panels, competition awards panels and has acted as an industry ambassador for many jewellery industry events.
Rebecca's previous appointments have included being a member of the Senior Management Team having designed and delivered the £18M Goldsmiths’ Centre in Central London; part of the Promotions Team at the Goldsmiths' Company having managed the Goldsmiths' Fair event and Company website; and having delivered the £3.5M Jewellery Sector Investment Plan (JSIP) for London Borough of Camden.
She holds a first class honours degree in Jewellery from Birmingham’s famous School of Jewellery, has an MA in Arts Management from City University as well as a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Insitute of Marketing. She has Chartered Marketer status.
In 2013 she was made a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company. She is also a Freeman of the City of London and was awarded Livery status by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for her contribution to industry. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institue of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Data Marketers and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognotion for her contribution to the jewellery industry.
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