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Obituary - Michael Hoare

It is with great sadness that I should inform all of our friends & colleagues in association leadership of the passing of Michael Hoare.

Michael was well known and respected by many of us in having been Chief Executive of the National Association of Goldsmiths for thirteen years where he led a diverse membership – ranging from SMEs to multi-national luxury goods retailers. Michael was also on the Board of the Institute of Association Management for many years, and following his retirement as an association CEO he continued to write thought leadership articles for the IAM membership.

Amongst his many achievements whilst leading his association he was highly instrumental in creating the NAG Institute of Registered Valuers. He also helped establish the Responsible Jewellery Council and SaferGems - which remains still today a national intelligence-sharing initiative to counter crime in the Jewellery, Antiques and Fine Art Trades.

He will be sorely missed having lost his long standing battle with cancer. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Simon Forrester, Vice President, IAL and successor to Michael in his role as CEO of the Jewellery trade body said, “Michael was a true gentleman, one of the old school of association leaders who worked tirelessly for his industry, while never taking himself too seriously. He was a great friend to me over the years, giving me support and guidance in understanding the jewellery sector, and he will be greatly missed. My sympathies to Miles and the rest of his family.”

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