About Harriet Kelsall04 Dec 2017
Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She is the 2016 HSBC Forward Ladies Retail Business Woman of the year, was Everywoman’s “Retail Woman of the Year” in 2011, one of the IoD Director Magazine’s six “Women who have most changed the business world” in 2014 and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the City of London. She is the vice-chairman of the National Association of Jewellers and a non executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council.She founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery - in 1998 and since then it has grown to be one of the most respected UK jewellery companies with many national and international awards to its name, most recently the 2016 national Bridal Jeweller of the year award. The company also achieved finalist positions at the 2017 UK Jewellery Awards in both the Employer of the Year and Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year categories. As an innovator, Harriet has revolutionised design within the jewellery industry, triggering an explosion in bespoke jewellery with her “Real design for the High Street” concept store in central Cambridge.
As a champion for ethics, the environment and CSR, she joined an industry where few cared about such matters. Since then she has tirelessly campaigned for improvement – in 2011 she helped launch Fairtrade Gold worldwide and her business became the first in the world to be both Fairtrade licensed and certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. She has been a regular keynote speaker on ethics and CSR at national events such as the BITC leadership summit and the Fair Luxury Conference and judges the national CSR Awards. The National CSR Awards are now known as the Global Good Awards and Harriet will return as a judge in 2018.
Harriet speaks up about equality for women within the workplace and on boards and also about maternity issues for entrepreneurs. Harriet is passionate about helping creative business flourish and is writing a book about how to start a one. She mentors other creative start-ups and as a successful dyslexic, she is an inspiration to others whose talents lie in creativity.