Management Team

The RJC Management Team functions as the RJC secretariat, responsible for membership, standards development, communications, auditor accreditation and certification administration.  The team works with the RJC Board, Committees and a wide range of external stakeholders to support the design and implementation of a credible certification program for the jewellery supply chain.

 

Catherine Sproule, Chief Executive Officer – Interim

Catherine joined the organisation as Director, North American Operations in November 2006 and took on the role of Chief Operations Officer in November 2007. In November 2013, Catherine has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

Along with being the primary representative in North America, Catherine oversees RJC’s global management and strategic planning, including the organisation’s relationships with Members and stakeholders. Her duties include the management of RJC’s global finance, administration and communications activities. In addition, Catherine works closely with the Board of Directors and committees to achieve KPIs set by the board including membership growth in target markets.

Catherine is a prominent figure in the jewellery industry; she previously served as Executive Director of the Canadian Jewellers Associations (CJA), playing a lead role in representing the association’s efforts in the mining and government sectors in Canada and worldwide. Additionally, Catherine was the Canadian PR Director for the Diamond Trading Company’s Diamond Information Centre. She has also held the role of Senior Director, Communications, with Canada’s national television broadcaster, CBC.

Email: catherine.sproule@responsiblejewellery.com

Fiona Solomon, Director – Standards Development

Fiona Solomon joined the RJC in October 2007, and is based in Melbourne. She manages the design, operation and review of RJC Certification, including standards development, auditor accreditation, training programs, guidance and help desk, monitoring and evaluation, and internal systems and procedures, with the support of the RJC team. She is responsible for the programs of the RJC Standards Committee, and RJC Accreditation and Certification Committee. She works with a wide range of stakeholders on implementation and uptake, with a focus on continual improvement of RJC’s programs.

Prior to joining the RJC, Fiona led a team of researchers focused on social and sustainability issues of the minerals industry at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for more than ten years. She was seconded to WWF to project manage the Mining Certification Evaluation Project during 2002-2004. Fiona has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons 1) and a PhD in philosophy of technology both from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has also completed postgraduate subjects in international political economy and global environmental politics at the University of Melbourne.

Email: fiona.solomon@responsiblejewellery.com

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Natasha Drennan, Administration Manager

Natasha joined the Responsible Jewellery Council in January 2014. Her main responsibilities are to oversee the general administration and financial functions within the council, ensuring the highest quality and efficiency is maintained in all of RJC’s activities. Natasha is based in the London office and works closely with all members of management team globally.

With a background in management of design and architecture firms for the past 13 years in both in the UK and Canada, she has developed skills in monitoring financial performance, continuous improvement, the implementation of new systems, and overseeing staff recruitment and retention. Recently she has put into practice in-house environmental and quality programmes to meet ISO standards, along with developing corporate social responsibility strategy. Prior to working with professional services firms, Natasha worked in economic development and banking in Canada.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Calgary and is currently studying towards a post-graduate diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Email: natasha.drennan@responsiblejewellery.com

 
Marieke van der Mijn, Standards Coordinator

Marieke joined the RJC as Standards Coordinator in January 2012. She is based in the London office and her role is to support RJC’s standards development, certification and Monitoring & Evaluation activities.  Marieke coordinates Standards Committee work programs, assists with RJC and multi-stakeholder projects that implement RJC’s standards and manages the translations of standards documents into 6 different languages.  She is also responsible for assessing incoming certification reports from Members and coordinating the ongoing development of RJC’s Monitoring & Evaluation program. Marieke is a member of the ISEAL Alliance Membership Committee and actively participates in ISEAL’s Impacts community.

Marieke has an anthropology background, with a strong emphasis on responsible supply chains.  She holds a MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex and a MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, for which she carried out fieldwork in Ecuador for 3 months.  Prior to joining RJC, she gained jewellery industry and artisanal mining knowledge through her experience at the Fairtrade Foundation working with the Fairtrade and Fairmined gold program.  Marieke is fluent in Dutch and has an intermediate level of Spanish.

Email: marieke.vandermijn@responsiblejewellery.com

 
Chinelo Etiaba, Membership Coordinator

Chinelo joined the RJC as Membership Coordinator in February 2012. Chinelo is based in the London office. Her role is focused on providing member service and liaison to the RJC’s international membership. Chinelo has a degree in Political Science and a Masters in Development Studies, along with extensive experience in office administration and customer relationship management.

Her previous role as Membership and Administration Coordinator of the Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry involved developing a member communications strategy that increased member retention; improving and developing membership benefits and introducing a system for effectively maintaining the membership database. Chinelo is fluent in Igbo.

Email: chinelo.etiaba@responsiblejewellery.com

Madalina Grigorie, Communications Coordinator

Madalina joined the RJC in September, 2012. Madalina is based in the London office and her role is to provide support for the Communications Manager.

Madalina has a background in international relations and communications, having a Masters Degree in Project Management and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations. She is also an accredited CIPR practitioner. Prior to joining the RJC, Madalina worked on the campaign for the re-election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London and as an Event Organiser for PolicyTracker. She also has 4 years of public sector experience with the Romanian Government, where she was involved with various international EU Funded Projects. Madalina is fluent in Romanian. She also has an intermediate level of German, Spanish and Italian.

Email: madalina.grigorie@responsiblejewellery.com

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Maria Mursell, Training Coordinator

Maria joined the RJC as Training Coordinator in May 2014. She is based in the London office and her role focuses on the training opportunities offered to RJC Members on a range of jewellery supply chain areas, as well as the mandatory training for RJC Accredited Auditors. As part of her broader focus on capacity building, she will coordinate the new Topic Expert accreditation program and the Human Rights Working Group. She also manages the RJC ‘help desk’, co-ordinating responses to inquiries about RJC standards and the technical side of the certification process, and contributes to RJC’s Monitoring and Evaluation program.
She comes to the RJC with a background in sustainable development evaluations and responsible sourcing. In her previous role at EcoVadis, she worked on supplier CSR assessments and managed the training of client buyers on the EcoVadis solution, methodology and sustainable sourcing facilitation.
She holds a degree in International Relations and Development from the University of Sussex, and an MA in Law, Development and Globalisation from the School of Oriental and African studies.
Maria speaks fluent Spanish.

Email: maria.mursell@responsiblejewellery.com

 

 

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