Harriet Kelsall elected first female chair of The National Association of Jewellers


Appointment: Harriet Kelsall elected first female Chair of the National Association of Jewellers

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One of the UK's most respected bespoke designers Harriet Kelsall has been elected as the first female chair of The National Association of Jewellers after serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years.

Well-known for championing the causes of education, ethics and the environment in the jewellery industry, Harriet brings a wide range of skills and know-how to her new role, tapping into her experience and expertise from acting as chair of the NAJ's new Education steering group, advising the Government on jewellery making skills as part of the Creative and Cultural skill academy and growing her business Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery.

“I am extremely proud to become the second chair of the NAJ and the first female chair of the NAJ," she said. 

"Our mission here at the NAJ, as the UKs leading jewellery association, is to increase confidence in the UK purchase of jewellery through the integrity, professionalism, governance, representation, education, training and creativity of our members. 

"Ultimately when we work together to improve the whole industry, we improve it for ourselves too. But we also help to improve it for future generations; helping young people stand on our shoulders so that we can all reach higher in the future. Like a good orchestra, we are all so much better when we work together than the sum of our parts might suggest”.

New era for NAJ after Harriet Kelsall takes over chair

Harriet started her own company in 1998 on the kitchen table and over the past 20 years has combined steady business growth, where she now employs a staff of 36 spread across three locations in Hitchen, Cambridge and Primrose Hill in London, with a commitment to nurturing new yong talent. Most of her team started as young people new to the industry and have developed successful careers to become serious industry professionals.

That commitment will gather momentum in her new role which she will combine with her responsibilities as non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council. She is also a regular keynote speaker on ethics and CSR and speaks nationally and internationally about responsible business.

In September her new book- The Creative's Guide to Starting a Business: How to turn your talent into a career- will be published, aimed at empowering future generations and helping creative business to flourish.


Kate Laven


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