Our Founding Ambassadors will always be very special to Women’s Jewellery Network, call it our Hall of Fame. These women joined us at inception, even when we didn’t really understand what we needed to be and how we would get there. These women rocked up early, believed there was a purpose to our organisation and got involved. None of us knew it at the time - but these induustry professionals formed the essence of how we worked - collaboratively, across every discipline and border in the jewellery industry.




Rachael Taylor, formerly Brighton Ambassador, (@rachaeltaylorgram) first started writing about jewellery and watches not long after graduating. Rachael has extensive jewellery editorial calibre and experience and is a freelance writer and regular contributor to a number of titles including The Financial Times (@financialtimes), JFW, VO+ (@vo_plus), Retail Jeweller (@retailjeweller), Rapaport (@rapaportmagazine) and Platinum Resident. She is the perfect industry leader to take on TRENDS Ambassador for @wj_network!

During her earlier career Rachael launched and edited two business magazines for ITP, Professional Jeweller and WatchPro, as well as the hugely popular Hot 100 projects for both titles. Rachael has travelled the globe in search of stories, visiting trade shows, factories and ateliers in Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Thailand, the US, Russia and Hong Kong. She has also been on multiple jewellery judging panels.

Rachael has taken part in and led seminars at industry events including IJL, Flux and Jewellery & Watch Birmingham. She also writes copy for large clients including Rio Tinto, Rolex and The Company of Master Jewellers (@master_jewellers). Rachael is also co-founder of innovative, experiential jewellery platform @thejewellerycut.





Formerly, Wales & Sheffield Ambassador, Sonia Menezes is Head of Brand Development at Clogau (@clogaugold and www.clogau.co.uk), and will now use her passion and expertise to lead on OMNICHANNEL for @wj_network!
Sonia works across most departments within the business with a focus on the developing the brand aesthetic, NPD and managing brand partnerships with Historic Royal Palaces (@historicroyalpalaces), Wales Rugby Union (@walesrugbyunion) and other key ambassadors. She also manages the Clogau - QVC UK relationship.

Sonia is particularly proud of the Clogau National Treasures Ambassadors. Clogau supports three young Welsh women whose commitment and dedication to their respective sports is only matched by their incredible talent. .
Sonia is an avid traveller and loves discovering new places. She believes that to travel is essential to personal growth and well being and in the words of Confucius “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”.





Victoria Waugh has more than 15 years’ business development experience across the clothing, jewellery and accessory sectors, plus leading the Fairtrade Foundation's work to launch Fairtrade gold. She is the perfect candidate to lead on ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY for @wj_network!

Victoria is widely recognised for her in-depth knowledge on the subjects of ethical and sustainable practices and materials sourcing – matters that are becoming increasingly integral to the professional operations of both new and established jewellery businesses.
Victoria, an independent consultancy (@vvcollective.jewellery) for brands and individuals seeking to improve or advance their supply chains and sustainable practices, is also Non-executive Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum. .
Previously, she held the role of Global Business Development Manager for Fairtrade Gold at Fairtrade International.


KAte Pickering



Kate Pickering founded Vanilla Ink (@vanillainkuk) in 2009 with the goal to bridging the gap from education into industry. Knowing that it can be difficult to find your place within the ever changing landscape, Kate developed Vanilla Ink to support and promote jewellers in the early stages of their careers. Having a degree in Jewellery herself, Kate understood the difficulties new designers face when setting up their own business and wanted to create a space that allowed collaborations, mistakes and time to reflect.

Growing from the INKubator Programme, Kate partnered with Goldsmith Scott McIntyre to develop Vanilla Ink in to Scotland’s unique Jewellery School and Studios. Born in Dundee in 2009, Vanilla Ink moved to Glasgow in 2014 and set up in their current home of The Hidden Lane in 2017, they then went on to develop Vanilla Ink The Smiddy in 2018, a second location for Vanilla Ink in Banff, Aberdeenshire.

Kate and her team have created an environment that focuses on educating, inspiring and empowering the Jewellery and Silversmithing industry. Built on transparency and honesty, Vanilla Ink responds to the needs of the trade, giving makers the best opportunity to learn to be a jeweller/silversmith in today’s landscape.