19 February 2018
I have been selected as Midlands Ambassador for the Women's Jewellery Network! A new female-focused trade organisation that is seeking to drive and support positive change for women working within the UK jewellery trade.
I'm especially looking forward to working with female founders Victoria McKay (Chief Operating Officer, London Diamond Bourse) and Kathryn Bishop (Freelance Jewellery Trends Writer and Senior Writer, The Future Laboratory). Both of these ladies are driven, passionate and a ton of fun. I can't wait to see what we acheive in 2018!
I have been really fortunate to have had some extraordinary women support and mentor me, throughout my professional life. I've also had some amazing male mentors and coaches too.
The guidance and generosity of these professionals has been such an important positive factor, usually during key stages of my career. It's one of the reasons that I champion professionals coaching and mentoring, as well as finding ways that I can get involved during my own time through volunteering.
I'm incredibly excited and proud to be part of a network completely dedicated to connecting, growing, motivating and inspiring women within the jewellery trade.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to grow, whilst supporting my female peers too.
Our first Midlands WJN event will take place on International Women's Day, 8th March 2018, generously hosted by AnchorCert Academy (part of the same group as Assay Office Birmingham). Speakers and panellists will discuss subjects including 'A Women's Place', #noglassceiling and #pressforprogress.
It's set to be a fantastic event and networking opportunity, with all proceeds going to excellent charity, SmartWorks Birmingham, who provide interview and work clothes to women seeking, or returning to, work.
I'm really looking forward to celebrating International Women's Day with lively debate and a glass of wine, with men and women from across the jewellery trade.