Our Jewellery Team

All Guild Valuers are experienced professionals holding various recognised trade qualifications. These include FGA & DGA with many of them also holding membership of the Institute of Registered Valuers. We are committed to promoting continued professional development and encourage all our valuers to continue their learning.

Michael Norman MIRV FGA FNAG    1933 – 2010

The Guild of Valuers & Jewellers philosophy is built on the foundations set out by Michael Norman, one of the jewellery trades most highly respected valuers. Michael had over 50 years experience in the trade and was one of the founding members of the National Association of Goldsmiths Registered Valuers Scheme, set up to promote high standards of valuing and to provide a benchmark to which valuers could aspire.

The Guild of Valuers & Jewellers continues to follow the standards laid down by Michael.

Our Valuers

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Nick Hadler FIRV 93610 FNAJ

Nick is a Fellow of the NAJ's Institute of Registered Valuers and has held the position of Valuation Centre Manager here at The Guild of Valuers & Jewellers for the past five years. With ten years experience in the jewellery trade, Nick has worked through The National Association of Jewellers qualifications starting with the Professional Jewellers Diploma in 2002, followed by The Professional Jewellers Gemstone Diploma in 2006 and achieving The Professional Jewellers Valuation Diploma in 2009. He is a Fellow of The National Association of Jewellers.

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David Baker - FIRV 92708 BA(Hons) FGA DGA

After completing a degree in Fine arts valuation in 2000 David specialised in the area of Gemmology and jewellery. After a short time in retail he went to work for a company specialising in post and pre loss valuations for insurance companies, from this he went to work for the Art Loss Register a company who specialises in the restitution of stolen art. Returning to the valuation side a few years later he gained the FGA and DGA status with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. In 2007 David became a self-employed valuer and established himself as one of the main valuers/gemmologists in the Bath area. Around this time he gained the status of MIRV (Member of the Institute of Registered Valuers ) with the National Association of Jewellers and has since become a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers. David joined the Guild of Valuers & Jewellers as a full-time resident valuer in October 2013.

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Leona Fish - FIRV 93209 BA(Hons), PJ Dip, Gem Dip, Val Dip

Leona began her career in 1998 when she completed a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Three Dimensional Design Silversmithing and Jewellery, and then started work in a small independent jewellers. Leona then moved to a larger multiple jewellers where she progressed to assistant manager of a large retail store. During this time she obtained her Professional Jewellers Diploma. In 2002 Leona started working for Loss Management Group in Bath, initially as a loss assessor before becoming a senior repairs assessor. She has also obtained the Professional Jewellers Gemmology Diploma and Professional Jewellers Valuation Diploma, and has now progressed to Fellow of the NAJ's Institute of Registered Valuers

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Tom Ward - FIRV 94311

Tom has over 15 years experience in the retail jewellery trade and is a Fellow of the NAJ's Institute of Registered Valuers. His retail experience has encompassed traditional high street stores and pawnbrokers and for his last five years in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter Hatton Garden. Tom joined the expanding GVJ team in August 2013.

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FAY ROACH- MIRV 96416 FGA

Fay started her jewellery career 2004 working in retail. In 2009 she enrolled onto a full time course at Birmingham School of Jewellery, where she achieved her HND in gemmology, valuations and jewellery and silversmithing. At the same time Fay also completed her FGA which is the gemmology diploma awarded by the Gem-A.
From there she went on to work in the epicentre of the jewellery trade in Hatton Garden. After gaining this invaluable experience she gained her certificate in appraisal theory and started working for the Guild as a trainee valuer in 2015. Fay is now a fully qualified Guild Valuer and a Member of the NAJ's Institute of Registered Valuers.

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DAVID LLOYD GOODSON- MIRV94712 PJ Dip PJ Val Dip FGA DGA

David is an independent jewellery valuer and works on a contracted basis for the Guild of Valuers & Jewellers.

He has been in the jewellery trade for over fifty years working within the retail, workshop and valuation side of the industry. Over the years he has opened three retail jewellery businesses in Shropshire which continue under the proprietorship of his son Edward.

David is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and holds the Diamond Diploma qualification and is also a Member of the National Association of Jewellers Institute of Registered Valuers.

Emma McMillan - MA(HONS)MPHIL FGA DGA

Following an undergraduate degree in Art History, Emma McMillan completed an MPhil in Decorative Arts before embarking upon a career as an auctioneer and valuer. Beginning as a general assistant in a local saleroom, Emma was subsequently appointed Junior Specialist in the Jewellery & Silver Department at Bonhams Knowle in 2001 and by 2004 had progressed to Head of the Jewellery, Watches & Silver Department at Lyon & Turnbull Edinburgh. Emma is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, has completed their Preliminary and Gemmology Diploma courses and in 2004 was awarded Distinction upon passing their Gem Diamond Diploma and won The Deeks World Prize. Since 2009 Emma has been working as an independent consultant and joined the valuation team at The Guild of Valuers & Jewellers to cover Scotland.

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Mary Waterfall - BA,FGA,DGA,MIRV96516

Mary has over fifteen years’ experience in the jewellery trade, working in a variety of sectors. Having successfully completed her FGA in 1999 Mary started her career in Hatton Garden working for a manufacturing company and then for a gemstone dealer. She went on to obtain her DGA and gained valuable retail experience working for Tiffany & Co. In 2003 Mary moved into the ‘auction world’, relocating to Birmingham and working as a valuer and cataloguer for Fellows. She has since worked as a ‘Jewellery Specialist and Consultant’ for other provincial auction houses, as well as being an ‘Off-Screen Valuer’ for the TV show ‘Dickinson’s Real Deal’. In 2016 she became a member of the NAJ’s Institute of Registered Valuers and joined the valuation team at the Guild of Valuers and Jewellers.

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Rupert Huddy - FIRV 78696, BSc(Hons), FGA, PJ Dip, DGA, FNAJ

Rupert is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association and a Fellow of the National Association of Goldsmiths. He has also completed his diamond diploma with the Gemmological Association, and the Retail Jewellers Diploma. He has over 40 years experience in the retail and manufacturing areas of the jewellery trade and has been a registered valuer for the last 23 years.

Ella Ferneyhough - BSc(Hons), FGA, DGA, GIA Pearl Graduate, GIA AJP™

Ella recently joined The Guild of Valuers & Jewellers as a contracted valuer working in both the Bath Valuation Centre and covering the Midlands area. She is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and a Diamond Graduate, as well as having a Bachelor’s of Science Hons degree in Gemmology and Applied Mineralogy. Ella has worked in a variety of areas in the jewellery industry and began her career in 2007. Notably, retail for a prominent family-owned jeweller in Stratford upon Avon, a gemmologist and diamond grader at AnchorCert Gemmological Laboratory in Birmingham and as a valuer for an independent retailer.
Ella has completed the Institute of Registered Valuers Certificate of Appraisal Theory program along with a number of Gemmological Institute of America courses including Graduate Pearls, Colored Stone Grading Lab Class and Diamond and Diamond Grading.

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Sammantha Maclachlan - FGA MIRV96816 MJVA PJDIP CPAA

Sammantha has over 17 years of experience within the luxury jewellery and watch industry, working with brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe, initially within a sales capacity but with the last five years being solely a valuer and gemmologist.

Sammantha is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, a member of the Jewellery Valuers Association, a member of the National Association of Jewellers' Institute of Registered Valuers and a certified pearl specialist (CPAA). She also has a certificate in diamond grading from IGI in Antwerp.