The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) has appointed Russell Lownsbrough as its new chairman, at its 36th AGM.
According to the organisation, the appointment at the meeting was “universal approval by attendees”. Wayne Meeten Danila Tarcinale were also appointed to its executive committee.
Additionally, the members attending the AGM were informed of the IPG’s activities and the efforts of the committee. Most significant amongst these being the mentoring scheme recently set up with funding from the Goldsmith’s Centre with the pilot currently in progress.
The Institute has also secured a range of discount deals with suppliers, which it says will “significantly increase member benefits, mainly thanks to the two new committee members”.
Commenting on his appointment, Lownsbrough said: “It’s a great honour to accept this role in an organisation as prestigious as the IPG, especially at a very exciting time for us. We have a great mix of energy and experience in the executive at the moment.
“I look forward to helping steer the Institute into the future. We’ve had good membership growth over the last couple of years. We’ve vastly increased our engagement with social media and become much more outward looking.”
He added: “We’re also looking at extending our range social events, which will provide great networking opportunities. Now features an updated search function allowing searches by name, region or skill.”
IPG is an organisation that promotes and supports craftspeople of the “highest calibre”, who produce only the “finest workmanship”.
Further exhibitions are also being planned following the success of the Hidden Treasures exhibition in May 2018.