BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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 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.
Joshua is the General Manager at Ian Sharp Jewellery, where he has been for the past 13 years. Joshua’s main role is business operations and finance and his specialties within the business are diamonds, rare diamonds and second hand jewellery. Joshua’s background before entering the industry was in banking and finance. Since Ian Sharp Jewellery began in 1976, the brand has constantly braved the elements to still service customer’s today producing breath-taking designs as well as remodelling jewellery that were created for clients over 40 years ago. Ian Sharp Jewellery has been committed to creating professional, unique and elegant jewellery through a combination of expert craftsmanship and a keen eye for the current fashion trends.
With over 30 years of dedication to the Australian jewellery industry, Karen is the Owner/Managing Director of Brilliamo Designer Jewellery – a passionate jewellery designer, bringing her bespoke creations to life, via her fine jewellery brand, Denaro Designs.
Karen joins the JAA with expansive experience in all sectors of the jewellery industry; retail, wholesale, fine jewellery manufacturing, design and product development, buying/sourcing, marketing and branding - skilled in diamond grading, gem identification, trend analysis and forecasting, as well as ethical international trade. Karen also has the additional experience of working for two media companies, specialising in e-commerce, direct marketing and sales.
Karen's experience extends outside of fine jewellery, luxury goods and media industries to operations in the financial sector, as well as Business Advisor/Consultant, with a passion for working with SME's and start-up business, in particular. Karen is a passionate individualist with a discerning eye for detail.