Amanda Hunter, Executive Director
Amanda has 27 years of business experience across a range of levels along with an astounding subset of skills.
Some of Amanda’s achievements in business include building The Forum Group from scratch to a turnover of $10 million; featuring on the 2006 BRW self-made female entrepreneurs list, ranking 15th in Australia, along with an array of industry awards including Best National Meetings Management Company in 2005 and being a finalist in the 2005 NSW Telstra Small Business Awards.
Amanda also played a key role in helping to grow Oracle Corporation’s annual user conference attendance by more than 500 per cent across a six-year period, moving it from a cost to profit making scenario in the process while increasing conference return on investment to attendees.
Amanda has previously worked in both start up businesses and with global corporations, having won major clients including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Sony, Oracle and Coca-Cola.
Aside from holding a business degree Hunter is also qualified in counseling and coaching and is an experienced business and life coach.
Amanda started with the JAA in July 2014.
Emma Ward, Marketing and Membership Manager
Emma has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History in 2015 at the University of Sydney. She worked in fine jewellery and antiques prior to joining the JAA and is keen to develop her career in business.
Emma manages all JAA marketing matters, including the JAA and JAA Jewellery Tradeshow websites and social media accounts. She also manages the prestigious biennial JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards. Emma also assists in the co-ordination of membership matters.
Emma started with the JAA in January 2017.
Roberta Mesturini, Committee and Consumer Relations Co-ordinator
Roberta joined the jewellery world while completing her Masters’ Internship with Bvlgari Australia, and straight after joined Cerrone Jewellers for six months of work experience. She has also worked in Scotland with Laing the Jeweller, a family owned business, and completed a Jet1 course with the UK's National Association of Goldsmiths (now known as The National Association of Jewellers) and a diamond grading course with IGI in Antwerp.
Roberta liaises with consumers, members, the JAA Board and committees.
Roberta started with the JAA in December 2016.
Megan Young, Marketing and Membership Executive (currently on leave)
Megan has worked in the jewellery industry since completing her HSC and completed jewellery making courses whilst at high school. She went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery and Object Design and has also completed a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture.
Megan co-ordinates membership matters, including management of the JAA database and accounts receivable. She administers the website and all marketing matters, including social media. Megan also manages the prestigious biennial JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards.
Megan started with the JAA in December 2007.