Luxurious jewelry consortium, the Houlden Group, has introduced the appointment of James Rice as the most recent director to affix the board.
Rice is presently gross sales and advertising and marketing director of Hull primarily based Hugh Rice, a luxurious family-run jeweller based in 1965 which has since expanded from Hull and Beverley, all through Yorkshire and into the North East.
Houlden mentioned Rice’s “irrefutable heritage and data of the modern-day workings of a profitable retail jewelry empire makes him a useful asset to the Houlden board”.
Whereas attending college in Lancaster, he labored in-store at Hugh Rice, protecting roles in procurement, inventory replenishment and gross sales monitoring. He joined the household enterprise in earnest in 2006, and when the model moved premises to St. Stephens in 2008, and started its journey with Pandora, he was “instrumental” within the opening of an additional 9 Pandora shops.
Throughout this time, Rice studied for and accomplished his DGA, whereas overseeing the opening of a brand new Hugh Rice retailer in Harrogate designed to concentrate on the posh aspect of the jewelry market and noticed the model open their first Luxe by Hugh Rice retailer the next 12 months.
Houlden chief government, Helen Haddow, mentioned: “After 5 years of valued service, Patrick Keane stepped down from the board in the summertime of 2019, making method for James and additional highlighting the altering nature of the Houlden.
“The appointment of James displays our confidence within the Houlden imaginative and prescient and values, and we consider James’s multi-faceted data and wealth of expertise shall be invaluable as we concentrate on digital preservation and future proofing. James will play an important function in delivering the Houlden imaginative and prescient and advising and implementing the very best practices to profit our valued Members and Suppliers.”
Rice added: “Houlden are passionate, principled and progressive, so I’m delighted and privileged to have been invited to affix the board of Administrators. Houlden persistently ship excessive worth experiences and alternatives for his or her Members, so I sit up for commencing a task that may see me help within the persevering with the expansion and way forward for Houlden, and I’m wanting ahead to the brand new challenges that this place will carry.”