Industry Insights

On Tuesday 25th April, GMM held its “Industry Insights” afternoon. We we joined by three excellent speakers sharing their careers and exploring debates in relation to social media, technological innovation, organisational structures, and crowdfunding.

Pictures from the afternoon and speaker biographies are below:

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Chris Buckingham is a crowdfunding specialist and author of several books on the topic. His research interest with Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) is looking at how serious games might help crowdfunding campaign management. He is the founder of the crowdfunding education platform, minivation, an international speaker and guest lecturer for several universities.

Howard van Rooijen is co-founder and director of two businesses: endjin – a consultancy who enable organizations of all sizes to deliver on the vision of a modern, data-driven enterprise, and benchpeg – which aims to support the British Jewellery Industry and Allied Trades and has over 10,000 subscribers / 60k page views a month. He is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and a Microsoft Accelerator Mentor.

Rebecca van Rooijen is the creator of Benchpeg, she has 20 years of experience in the Creative Industries spanning Art and Craft Galleries, Arts Centres, the Jewellery Industry: jewellery design and making, communication projects, marketing, PR and branding, events management, website management, social media management, workspace management, Creative Industry business support programmes, mentoring and even capital build projects within the Public, Private and the Third Sectors. Alongside her ‘formal’ career she created Benchpeg, a website and weekly newsletter for the jewellery industry. Her vision was to create a digital resource where the jewellery industry could share and access information. 10 years on she now concentrates on developing Benchpeg as a business with a team of helpers. As an alumni of Winchester School of Art and the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, Rebecca holds an MA in Arts Management from City University, London. Rebecca is a Committee Member for the Communications and Marketing Committee at The Goldsmiths’ Company, she sits on the Selection Committee for the Goldsmiths’ Directory, is a business mentor for the Crafts Council, and was elected a Committee Member of the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council (retired). She has acted as an ambassador for many jewellery industry events and has been a regular speaker at International Jewellery London. In 2013 she was awarded the Freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company and is a Freeman of the City of London.



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