Victoria McKay is Managing Director of the Women’s Jewellery Network, CEO of a European FinTech, and a respected, proven Strategy & Operations Consultant. Before diversifying her career, Victoria was the award-winning COO of London Diamond Bourse for more than six years, and lead the re-positioning and redevelopment of the institution, from insular members’ club to forward thinking, globally-respected conglomerate trading organisation.
In addition to her extensive commercial experience, Victoria has completed the IIDGR Synthetic Diamond Diploma; she also has diplomas in Digital Marketing, Branding and Social Media Marketing. Victoria is an acknowledged Jewellery industry influenced and contributed editorial opinion to a range of international and national trade journals, including Retail Jeweller, Professional Jeweller and Rapaport. She was a panel judge for the UK Jewellery Awards for four consecutive years, sat on the Camden Business Board and was an Executive board member for the Hatton Garden Business Improvement District at the time of the area's successful ballot. Victoria is a passionate advocate for women and cites her mother as her constant inspiration and heroine.
Kathryn Bishop is Research and Insights Director of the Women's Jewellery Network, and Deputy Foresight Editor of trends and insights platform LS:N Global, a division of the renowned strategic consultancy The Future Laboratory. Kathryn is a respected luxury sector expert, with a specialism in the jewellery and fashion sectors, and a focus on sustainability, supply chains and retail. Kathryn is also Vice-Chair and Lay Trustee of the UK's prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, established in 1908 to promote, support and enhance skills and excellence in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades.
Kathryn has more than 14 years’ jewellery industry journalistic experience, notably achieving the roles of editor of leading UK industry title Professional Jeweller and deputy editor of WatchPro by the age of 26. Kathryn went on to firmly establish her place within the global industry providing informed editorial on industry evolution, emerging trends, and the impact of technology and changing consumer mindsets. By 2016, Kathryn was providing content and consultancy to global titles and organisations including Baselworld, Retail Jeweller, The Company of Master Jewellers, Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, WGSN, Drapers, City AM and Metro Online. In the same year, Kathryn was acknowledged as one of Retail Jeweller magazine’s 30 Under 30, praised for her “unrivalled knowledge of the UK industry… generating newsworthy stories, building brand awareness and driving retailer interest.”
Nyasha Pitt is a Communications Director of the Women's Jewellery Network; she is also a multi-passionate entrepreneur, providing creative, commercial communications consultancy to a wide breadth of clients, which include trade organisations, leading UK fine jewellery manufacturers and innovative designer-makers. Nyasha is also Vice-Chair and Lay Trustee of Warwick Students' Union and Chair of the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street's Communication Sub-Committee for the region's Inclusive Leadership initiative.
Nyasha has extensive PR, digital marketing and executive communications experience; she has worked both in-agency and in-house supporting B2B, B2C and public-sector brands including Butlins, National Express, English Heritage, Land Securities, Warburtons, English Heritage, The London Taxi Company (now LEVC), Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Enterprise Inns, Brains Brewery, Spirit and Marston’s. A writer at heart, Nyasha regularly provides editorial content and opinion pieces to industry titles, and is notably a contributing writer for leading UK title Professional Jeweller. Nyasha is fiercely passionate about diversity and inclusion; she regularly gives talks and provides consultancy on the subject. Nyasha has also founded iDNetwork, a business network and platform for Black professionals in the Midlands. Nyasha is a seasoned panellist and an energetic, engaging speaker; she is also an accredited Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.