BIRMINGHAM, England, June 24, 2015 - Patrick Fuller, Chairman of WB The Creative Jewellery Group who was named as the first President of the National Association of Jewellers – the body that brings together the British Jewellers’ Association and the National Association of Goldsmiths – has spoken of his delight that the vote for unification has succeeded.
“An amalgamated association is something that I have dreamt of for a very long time and I have no doubt that once it is up and running the NAJ will bring great benefits to the industry at large. I am honoured to have been invited to help bring it to reality,” Patrick said.
“The challenge now is to create a contemporary, consumer-facing body that offers pertinent services to its members and is major force in the field of education whilst not losing sight of the traditional values that both organisations have upheld for so long.
“It is also essential that we address the worries of those members who had their doubts about the unification and deal with their concerns in the correct way,” he added.
Fuller, who is the only figure in the industry to have held office within both the NAG, where he was President and in the BJA where he was Chairman, is ideally placed to take on this role and his appointment has received a warm response.
“I have been very touched by the kind feedback I have received and the many telephone messages and emails of support. I would like to send my most sincere thanks to everyone who has contacted me.
“It is a dynamic time in both the retail and the supplier sector for jewellery and I very much look forward to helping build an Association that has equal dynamism,” he said.