Loughborough Conference 2019

for Valuers and Jewellers


The David Wilkins Award 2019



This Years nominees Included Julian Cousins, Gareth Brown & Shirley Mithchell from the Academy of valuers, and our congratulations goes to Shirley Mitchell, crowned for the second time with this prestigious award.


"The IRV David Wilkins Valuer of the Year is announced on the Saturday evening and I was delighted and supremely honoured to have won the trophy for the second time. I first won the award in 2013 and that was a momentous occasion. To be voted the Valuer of the Year by one's peers again in 2019 is truly the greatest of honours." Shirley Mitchell


Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA PJValDip PJGemDip FNAG





The Alan Hodgkinson Bursary 2019


We were delighted to announce that Georgina Southam was the beneficiary of The Academy’s Alan Hodgkinson Bursary 2019 - our chair Shirley Mitchell, together with Alan, presented Georgina with her prizes at the Scottish Gemmological Association’s conference.


We were very pleased that Georgina could accept our invitation to attend the conference to receive her award in person




The Academy of Valuers is delighted to announce that Michael Inkpen was awarded the IRV's David Wilkins Valuer of the Year Award 2018 at the IRV Loughborough conference.


The David Wilkins Trophy is awarded to an Institute Registered Valuer (IRV) who has demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication or service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation. 


This achievement is even more special because Michael, a founder member of the Academy of Valuers, is the first such valuer to win this prestigious award twice, having previously won the award in 2011. 


Congratulations Michael Inkpen, very well deserved.

The Academy is both delighted and proud to announce that Tim Bicknell, a member of the Academy of Valuers council, has received the David Wilkins Valuer of the Year Award 2017.


This award is the highest accolade within the jewellery valuing fraternity. The David Wilkins Trophy is awarded by the Institute of Registered Valuers to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding skill, dedication or service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation.


Tim is well known both for the quality of his work and his willingness to help others.


He was nominated both by Internationally renowned gemmologist Alan Hodgkinson for: "his work behind the scenes, out of the limelight coaching others in valuation procedures. A man after my own heart who shares his talent and hard earned experience with others" and by fellow valuer Tom Ward for: "consistently producing valuations of exceptional standard. He is happy to share his knowledge with others. Tim willingly gives his time to help and encourage students and new IRVs"


This news means that now four of our founding members have been recipients of this most prestigious award.



Presentation by Margaret Wilkins

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