...the David Wilkins Award

 

Winner of the 2017 David Wilkins Award

 

At the 2017 Loughborough Conference Tim Bicknell was announced the winner, voted for by the members of the Institute, from a short list of 11, the other nominees being Nick Bailey, John Benjamin, Julian Cousins, Kerry Gregory, Alan Hayes, Sammantha MacLachlan, Craig O'Donnell, Susan Pennington, Andrée Richardson and A Ewen Taylor.

 

The award was first presented in 1994 in memory of the late David Wilkins who was instrumental in setting up the Institute’s predecessor, the N.A.G. Registered Valuer Scheme, and comprises an Elizabethan-style silver dish which is inscribed with the winner's name who retains it for the relevant year.  It is complemented by the award of a £100 gift token to spend with the Gem-A to supplement the winner’s personal reference library and/or add to the equipment they use.

 

The trophy, an Elizabethan style silver dish which is engraved with the names of past winners, was presented to Tim by Mrs Margaret Wilkins, the widow of the late David Wilkins (he was instrumental in the introduction of the N.A.G. Registered Valuers Scheme back in the 1980s, the forerunner of today’s Institute).

 

After the Conference Tim said, “I was delighted when I found out I had been nominated for such a prestigious award and honoured to receive the recognition from my fellow valuers.  Winning this award means a great deal to me, the previous winners have displayed such excellence in valuation services and so to be associated with them is a great personal achievement.  I am fortunate and grateful to continue to be supported by the experienced and knowledgeable members and am encouraged to see so many new fledgling IRVs at this year's Conference...  the future David Wilkins Award winners amongst them."

 


At the Conference, Tim and Margaret Wilkins were joined by other past winners of the Award, from left to right: Peter Buckie (2008), Barry Sullivan (2015), Michael Inkpen (2011), Adrian Smith (2010), Tim Bicknell (2017), Margaret Wilkins, Peter Hering (2014), Shirley Mitchell (213), Steven Jordan (2009), Rosamond Clayton (2002), Graham Price (2015), Roy Huddlestone 1996), Geoff Whitefield (2016) and David Callaghan (2006).

 

 

About the Award

 

David Wilkins (1931-1994), former Chairman of the National Association of Goldsmiths (the NAJ's predecessor) Valuations Committee, had a distinguished career in the jewellery industry and was widely known and respected both for his outstanding personal qualities and great expertise.  More than any other individual David sought to encourage high standards of conduct and professionalism in respect of valuations.  The award that he sponsored remains as his legacy in promoting the aims for which he strove for so long.

 

The National Committee of the National Association of Jewellers may award the David Wilkins Trophy if an individual has demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication or service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation.  This award is made on an annual basis and as such may only be referred to by the recipient in the relevant year. 

 

The Trophy, which was first presented in 1994, comprises an Elizabethan-style silver dish which is inscribed with the winner's name who retains it for the relevant year.  It is complemented by the award of a £100 gift token to spend with the Gem-A to supplement the winner's personal reference library and/or add to the equipment they use.

 

Who is likely to qualify for the David Wilkins Trophy?   

 

There is no official list of criteria that will enable a nominee to fulfil the citation but the following examples of conduct may provide some guidance:

 

(a)  Consistently producing valuations of exceptional standard.

(b)  Giving help and guidance to colleagues or to members of the public.

(c)  Working to promote and further the aims of NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.

(d)  Providing information/resources for NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.

(e)  Achieving exceptional results in training and/or examination.

(f)   Demonstrating high integrity.

(g)  Showing diligence in research and information gathering.

(h)  Displaying general conduct likely to enhance the reputation of NAJ Institute Registered Valuers.

 

Previous Winners

  • Terence J Watts - 1994
  • Alan J Smith - 1995
  • Roy V Huddlestone – 1996
  • J Louise Butterworth – 1997
  • Peter J R Jackson – 1998
  • Brian R Dunn – 1999
  •  Michael S J Norman – 2000
  • Philip L Stocker – 2001
  • Rosamond S Clayton – 2002
  • Paul Templeton – 2003
  • John S Harris – 2004
  • Heather McPherson – 2005
  • David J Callaghan – 2006
  • Alan Hodgkinson – 2007
  • Peter Buckie – 2008
  • Steven Jordan – 2009
  • Adrian S Smith – 2010
  • Michael S Inkpen – 2011
  • Jonathan Lambert – 2012
  • Shirley Mitchell – 2013
  • Peter Hering - 2014
  • Graham Price and Barry Sullivan (joint) - 2015
  • Geoff Whitefield - 2016

 

 



 

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