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Our success in achieving our mission is heavily reliant upon voluntary contribution and service of members of our State Branch Committees, National Industry Advisory Council (NIAC) and Board.

Formed in 2014, the National Industry Advisory Council (NIAC) is comprised of no less than 12 and not more than 20 national councilors. The councilors represent various sectors of the jewellery industry including:

  • States and Territories
  • Retailers
  • Suppliers, including the various segments such as manufacturers, diamond, pearl, watch, opal and other
  • Buying Groups
  • Other industry associations and groups

The NIAC sits below and the Board and their key role is to shape the strategic agenda of the JAA and discuss issues of significant interest to the jewellery industry and develop recommendations to the JAA Board.

An elected councilor must be a General Member or a Representative of a General Member. Elected councilors will be required to attend JAA NIAC meetings in Sydney held twice yearly, in May and in October where the strategic agenda is set for the JAA.

Specialist sub-committees are formed from the NIAC to address on-going areas of importance, such as the JAA Jewellery Industry Code of Conduct, accreditation, education and diamond grading laboratories. The sub-committees actively liaise between the NIAC meetings to address topics of relevancy to JAA member and the jewellery industry as a whole.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another General Member for a NIAC position this can be done by joining a State Branch Committee or by emailing info@jaa.com.au and requesting a consent to nominate form, for the other industry sector positions available.


Karen Lindley, NSW/ACT Councillor

Current Occupation: Owner, Diamonds by Design

Karen Lindley is a qualified gemmologist and registered Valuer with nearly 40 years’ experience in the gem industry and has been a member of the JAA since 1985. Her extensive career began as an opal dealer where she became Australia’s first female qualified gemmologist with a large wholesale opal business. Previously she has served terms on the AGIA, OANG, JAA Boards. Non-industry Boards include the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Bravehearts and The Small Business Development Board (NSW Government) where she was reappointed by the Minister for Small Business for nine consecutive years. Karen’s business skill set and ability to strategise combined with her experience have ensured her boutique, Diamonds by Design in the Dymocks Building has been resilient to market forces since 1982. She has a passion for a fair go for micro/small business particularly within the gem industry and is supportive of ensuring the Australian jewellery manufacturing industry will continue and prosper again - paving the way for the next generation of apprentices to work in a leading edge growth industry.

Ronnie Bauer, VIC/TAS Councillor

Current Occupation: Director, Klepner's

Ronnie has been working in the jewellery industry for nearly 40 years and is the fifth generation to be the custodian of one of Melbourne's oldest jewellery firms, Klepner’s. He is also one of the few jewellery and gemstone valuers for the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program and is an Honorary Life member of the Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA). Ronnie has served on the CIBJO International Coloured Stone Steering Commission and the jade and opal nomenclature committees and is on the Steering Committee for the introduction of a uniform pearl grading system.

Sarah Rothe, SA/NT Councillor

Current Occupation: Owner, Sarah Rothe Jewellery & Design

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design, Jewellery at Adelaide Centre of the Arts.  Sarah’s jewellery has gone on to hold high esteem in permanent public gallery collections, including Powerhouse Museum, Sydney & Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Sarah was also given the opportunity to have a brooch presented and given to Hillary Clinton as an official gift from South Australia. Sarah operates Sarah Rothe | jewellery & design from a gorgeous little store front in the historic Regent Arcade, just off Rundle Mall and in the heart of Adelaide's CBD. She has also given her time to the University of Adelaide through roles such as Technical Officer Jewellery & Metal and Educator.

George Proszkowiec, Buying Group Councillor

Current Occupation: Owner, Terrace Showcase Jewellers and President of Showcase Jewellers (JIMACO Ltd)

George has been involved with the jewellery industry, both in Australia and overseas, for more than 35 years. George and his wife, Elizabeth acquired their first retail jewellery store in 1997 and opened their second store in 2000. Both stores are located approximately two hours’ drive north of Sydney. George's parents purchased the original store in 1967 and George started his retail career while still at school. George was fortunate enough to receive some early jewellery training from his uncle, Henry Henc, and in 1974 he spent a year working on the bench with a Master Jeweller in Poland. In 1985, he completed a gemmology course and qualified as a registered valuer. George joined Showcase Jewellers buying group in 1988 and become a Showcase Jewellers director in 1997. George to this day is still a director of Showcase Jewellers, as well as a director of NCJV NSW branch and a committee member of JAA NSW/ACT Branch. George brings a wealth of experience to the JAA Board including financial, managerial, marketing and corporate and enjoys supporting our great industry.

Janie Simpson, Manufacturing Sector Councillor

Current Occupation: Managing Director, ABC Bullion and Director, Pallion

Appointment pending

Selwyn Brandt, Supplier Councillor

Current Occupation: Managing Director, Brandt Marketing Pty Ltd

Elected to the JAA Board in 2003, Selwyn served as a committee member of the NSW branch for more than sixteen years and is currently President. He was educated in South Africa and following studies in commerce and marketing, established a jewellery supply business. He has more than thirty years of industry experience and upon migrating to Australia in 1987, began working as a manager for House of Jewellery. Purchasing the business in 1996 has been a career highlight, as well as earning a seat on the JAA Board. In 2014, House of Jewellery merged with Australian Jewellers Supplies. He has always believed he should give something back to the industry that has provided him with a living and in doing this; he hopes to create positive change.

Chris Paspaley, Pearl Sector Councillor

Current Occupation: Director of Merchandise, Paspaley Pearls Pty Ltd

Christopher has grown up in the Paspaley business, starting out as a deck-hand on the pearl fleet and working across the wholesale, retail and operational divisions of the company, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the industry. His focus has been retail management: having worked in both Darwin and Broome retail businesses before returning to Sydney for the opening of Paspaley’s grand Martin Place flagship store in 2006. In 2008, he helped establish the company’s retail business in Hong Kong. Now based in Sydney, he's overseeing all aspects of the fine jewellery sourcing and logistic support for Paspaley’s global retail boutiques, renowned over the world for their unique pearl jewellery ranges. He currently sits on Paspaley’s retail Board of Directors.

Tony Smallwood, Opal Sector Councillor

Current Occupation: Director, Advanced Gemmological Services Pty Ltd

With over thirty years’ experience in the jewellery industry, Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NIAC. Tony has a background in Materials Science and demonstrating his passion for opal completed a Master’s Degree with a thesis focused on chemical and physical characterisation of Australian precious opal. Tony also holds interest in metal alloys and jewellery manufacturing procedures. Tony works as a contractor gemmologist and lecturers on synthetic and treated gemstones of all types. He is a member of the GAA and a register valuer with the NCJV.

Frank Salera, Retail Councillor

Current Occupation: Joint Managing Director, Salera's Jewellers

Frank started in the jewellery business as a student working part time in his father’s 2 stores in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from Monash University and was admitted as a lawyer in 1984. He joined the family business in 1985 and managed the newly opened Swanston Street store. He now acts as Joint Managing Director for the family owned group of 22 stores. Frank has been involved in all aspects of the jewellery business and now specialises in premium jewellery purchases, human resources and leasing. He has attended meetings of the JAA Retail Council and JAA meetings of Major Australian Jewellers since 2001. Frank feels that he can share some of his 30 years of experience in assisting other jewellery retailers, particularly in the areas of leasing and human resources.

Bill Sechos, Diamond Sector Councillor

Current Occupation: Director, Gem Studies Laboratory (GSL)

With over twenty five years experience, Bill holds a science degree from the University of Sydney and received the Australian Prize for his achievements whilst completing the GAA Diploma of Gemmology. He has served as the GAA president and is actively involved with their training programmes as senior lecturer and chairman of the GAA Board of Studies and Examinations.

Lucy Godoroja, GSGA Councillor
Current Occupation: Director, Lucy Godoroja and The Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia representative

Lucy designs and manufactures jewellery and objects for private clients, as well as boulder Opal jewellery. She holds Certificates in Jewellery Design Drawing, Jewellery Manufacture, Jewellery Hand Engraving, Training and Assessment, and taken the Advanced Opal course at the GAA. She has been a finalist in the JAA design awards and been published in the Lark Books 500 series. Lucy has designed and manufactured prize-giving lapel pins for the former Symphony Australia Young Performers, the former Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) and the current Australian Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT). She has been a committee member of the Queensland Boulder Opal Association (QBOA) Design Awards since 2006 and is an ardent supporter of Australian Opals and enduring design. Apart from her fine jewellery interests, Lucy has owned and directed a fashion accessory retail store since 1989, and has mentored numerous staff toward their artistic careers. This led her to teaching Jewellery Manufacture at TAFE Design Centre Enmore (DCE) for 8 years. Lucy is passionate about finding opportunities for emerging jewellers to showcase their skills. She is a fellow of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia.

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