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NAJ CEO Jumps Ship


Michael Rawlinson has announced his resignation as the CEO of the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) in order to pursue ‘other interests’. Having been in post for just over four years, Rawlinson oversaw the ongoing negotiations to merge the former National Association of Goldsmiths and the British Jewellers Association, to form a group representative of both manufacturers and retailers.


Simon Johnson, NAJ chairman, said, “Michael has done a great job bringing together two organisations and two locations, as well as moving the London office to an ideal site in the heart of creative Clerkenwell. Change of this size is no easy task and he has achieved it with the support and backing of his team and the NAJ National Committee. We wish him well in his next challenge.”


Previous association roles include a two year spell as Director General of UKIE the trade association for UK interactive entertainment. He previously spent nine years as Managing Director of ELSPA Ltd the UK computer games and interactive entertainment software trade association.

New Board Director for Mystery Shoppers


Rena Shaw, Operations Director at mystery shopping and analysis group Storecheckers, has been appointed a Board Director of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association. Shaw, who holds a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Hull, and an MSc in Political Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, has worked with business partner Jeff Caplan since 1989, when they established Storecheckers. They specialise in mystery Shopping, market research and training to improve customer satisfaction and in turn revenue. Clients include well known High Street names including Aldi, Pets at Home, Timpson’ Repair and Virgin Retail, as well as leisure groups such as Campanile Hotels, Madame Tussauds, Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester United Football Club, Carluccios and Pitcher & Piano. 

RIA Needs New Policy Manager


The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the trade association which represents and lobbies for the UK’s railway suppliers, and which campaigns for a flourishing railway sector. They are seeking to recruit a Policy Executive/Manager to support the Policy Director in meeting the needs of our member companies. Applicants must have experience in a fast-moving policy background…Read More?

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