Governance

Modern governance requires agility

Our world is changing at a rapid pace. So, as the leading standards authority for responsible jewellery, the RJC seeks to ensure transparent, representative and appropriate governance for its entire membership.

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is the trading name of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices Ltd. We are a registered not-for-profit (NFP) company with our headquarters registered in the UK. The RJC is governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. The day-to-day management is delegated to a Senior Management Team headed by an Executive Director.

We must be able to help our members meet the ever-changing demands of modern business

RJC Governance Model

A clear and elegant governance framework ensures operational integrity and maximises impact. The RJC Governance Model helps us to ensure all members are represented and our attention remains focused on the issues that matter most.

Infographic: RJC Governance Model

AGM and Annual Conference

Without our members change would be impossible. The RJC Annual Conference and AGM are held every May to provide members and stakeholders, throughout the entire value chain, an opportunity to contribute towards the future direction of the RJC.

2020 AGM

We were joined by leaders across the jewellery industry on 20 May, 2020 as the RJC hosted a webinar titled ‘Responsibility: a critical enabler of survival in a crisis’.

The webinar was watched by more than 400 attendees from around the globe – we would like to thank our speakers, attendees, and members who engaged in the discussion through the Q&A session.

The live discussion explored the challenges and opportunities arising from this current global pandemic – and how businesses can work together, strengthen supply chains, and look to rebuild in a post COVID-19 world.

If you were unable to tune in live or would like to watch again, please find the webinar recording below. Feel free to share the link.

Presentations and Minutes from Previous AGMs

Board & Committee Members

We thank our Board and Committee members, past and present, for the efforts and valuable perspective they have contributed to our mission. Full details on how officers and members of the Board and Committees are appointed can be found in the RJC Governance Handbook. Below is a list of officers and members who are currently serving on the Board and Committees.

Chair and Executive Director

David Bouffard
Chair, Board of Directors

Iris Van der Veken
Executive Director

RJC Board of Directors - Officers and Members
  • Chair: David Bouffard (Signet Jewelers Ltd)
  • Vice Chair: Peter Karakchiev (ALROSA)
  • Honorary Treasurer: Feriel Zerouki (De Beers Group)
  • Company Secretary: Matthew Kilgarriff (Richemont)
  • Stephen Lussier (De Beers Group of Companies)
  • James R Pounds (Dominion Diamond Corporation)
  • Alok Kumbhat (Jewelex India Pvt Ltd – Diamond Division)
  • Didier Backaert (Bonas & Co.)
  • Michael Steinmetz (Leo Schachter Diamonds LLC)
  • Gregory Magid (Kusasa Refining Pty Ltd)
  • Philipp Reisert (C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG)
  • René Wiskemann (Allgemeine Gold- und Silberscheideanstalt AG)
  • Giorgio Bodei (Pomellato SPA)
  • Mark Hanna (Richline Group, Inc.)
  • Isabelle Poly (Piaget)
  • Eric de Rocquigny (Van Cleef & Arpels)
  • Bernard Malek (Cartier)
  • Boaz Lev (Gem Lab Services)
  • Deborah Azar (Gemological Science International)
  • Rajesh Neelakanta (BV Chinai & Co. (India) Pvt. Ltd)
  • Stephane Fischler (International Diamond Manufacturers Association)
  • Bernadette Pinet-Couq (BJOP)
  • Franziska Gsell Etterlin (IWC)
  • Gaetano Cavalieri (CIBJO)
RJC Executive Committee
  • Chair: David Bouffard (Signet Jewelers Ltd)
  • Vice Chair: Peter Karakchiev (ALROSA)
  • Honorary Treasurer: Feriel Zerouki (De Beers Group)
  • Company Secretary: Matthew Kilgarriff (Richemont)
Assurance Committee
  • Chair: Jon Phillips (Corona Jewellery Company)
  • Jon Phillips (Corona Jewellery Company)
  • Claire Volot (Van Cleef & Arpels)
  • Kunal Sheth (House of Gems Ltd)
  • Ronald Ng (CTF Diamond Trading Co Ltd)
  • Eyal Atzmon (EL-RAN bvba)
  • Vinzent Bech (IWC)
Communications Committee
  • Joint-Chair: Isabelle Poly (Piaget)
  • Joint-Chair: Mark Hanna (Richline Group, Inc.)
  • Sarah Vowles (IWC Schaffhausen – Richmont Group)
  • April Fowler (Day’s Jewelers)
  • Stephen Morisseau (Gemological Institute of America, GIA)
Standards Committee
  • Joint-Chair: Ainsley Butler (UL)
  • Joint-Chair: Purvi Shah (De Beers Group of Companies)
  • Natlia Zhulina (ALROSA)
  • Damian Gagnon (Lazare Kaplan International Inc.)
  • Didier Backaert (Bonas & Co)
  • Phaedon Stamatopoulos (Argor-Heraeus SA)
  • Joelle Ponnelle (Donze Baume)
  • Kesha Frank (Fair Trade Jewellery Company)
  • Anouchka Didier-Mansour (Cartier SA)
  • Tehmasp Printer (International Gemological Institute (IGI) India Pvt.Ltd.)
  • Stephane Fischler (International Diamond Manufacturers Association, IDMA)
  • Karla Basselier (Antwerp World Diamond Centre)
  • Yves Bertran (Alliance for Responsible Mining)
  • Ian Rowe (Diamond Development Initiative, DDI)
  • Cecilia Gardner  (Independent consultant)
  • Jennifer Hillard (Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct / Consumer Interest Alliance Inc)
  • Jean-Baptiste Andrieu (BSR)
  • Diana Culillas (Swiss Better Gold Association, SBGA)
  • Fabiana Di Lorenzo (Levin Sources)
  • Jean-Claude Michelou (International Coloured Gemstone Association, ICA)
  • Marianna Smirnova (Responsible Minerals Initiative, RMI)
  • Sara Yood (Jewelers Vigilance Committee, JVC)
  • Vacant

Please visit our standards section to read and download Standards Committee meeting minutes.

RJC Legal Status

The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices is a private company limited by guarantee with no share capital under the UK Companies Act. It is registered in England and Wales with company number 05449042. In October 2008, the Council adopted the trading name of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

RJC Governance Handbook

Easy to understand, easy to lead.

The RJC Governance Handbook provides clear guidance on how we operate in a way which is easy to understand and apply. It includes how the organisation is funded, how decisions are made, and how to investigate complaints concerning the behaviour of members.