BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jo Tory, Director
Jo Tory is the Owner and Managing Director of fine silver jewellery house Najo. Jo has over 30 years' experience in the retail jewellery industry and is a passionate advocate for Australian jewellery design and manufacture. The inspiration for the Najo brand came from Jo's travels where she fell in love with the culture, art and architecture of Mexico. Jo continues to manage her successful brand by aligning her unique taste with her creative expression and communicating this by way of her strong marketing skills.
Karen Lindley, Supplier Director
Karen is a gemmologist and NCJV registered valuer with nearly 40 years’ industry experience. Her extensive career began as an opal dealer where she became Australia’s first female qualified gemmologist with a large wholesale opal business. Karen has served terms on the AGIA, OANG, JAA, Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Bravehearts boards and The Small Business Development Board (NSW Government) where she was appointed by the the Minister for Small Business for nine consecutive years. Karen’s skill set and her experience have ensured her boutique, Diamonds by Design has been resilient to market forces since 1982. She has a passion for micro/small business and is supportive of ensuring the Australian jewellery industry will continue to prosper - paving the way for the next generation of apprentices to work in a leading edge growth industry.
Cameron Marks, Director
Cameron is the Managing Director at Percy Marks Fine Gems, where he has held this position for the past 15 years. Cameron possesses extensive knowledge on the manufacture and design of fine jewellery as well as a passion for diamonds, coloured gemstones, and opals. Percy Marks was established in Sydney in 1899 and remains a family owned and run business. For over a century, they have shared their passion for the finest diamonds and gemstones with clients from Australia and around the world.
Ronnie Bauer, Retail Director
Ronnie has been working in the jewellery industry for nearly 40 years and is the fifth generation to be the custodian of one of Melbourne's oldest jewellery firms, Klepner’s. He is also one of the few jewellery and gemstone valuers for the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program and is an Honorary Life member of the Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA). Ronnie has served on the CIBJO International Coloured Stone Steering Commission and the jade and opal nomenclature committees and is on the Steering Committee for the introduction of a uniform pearl grading system.
Emily Crews, Director
Emily Crews is a passionate and motivated Music and Entertainment professional. A lover of music from a young age, Emily has been a keen observer and appreciator of the arts in its many different forms making the music industry and the utilization of music in productions a natural home. After 10 years’ experience with Universal Music in various roles, Emily is now responsible for leading and developing the Synchronisation and Licensing department for Warner Music Australia. In 2019, Emily was selected to become the first Observer to the ARIA Board as part of the highly regarded Observership Program designed to give young professionals structured experience on non-profit Boards.