Houlden Group appoints Hugh Rice jewellers director James Rice to its board


Houlden Group has appointed James Rice to its board of directors.

Houlden is a collaboration of jewellers that work together to share expertise on buying and other shared business objectives.

Mr Rice is sales and marketing director of Hull-based Hugh Rice, a luxury family-run jeweller with 15 multibrand and Pandora stores across the north east of England.


He replaces Patrick Keane, founder and owner of Keane’s in Ireland, who stepped down this year.

“After five years of valued service, Patrick Keane stepped down from the board in the summer of 2019, making way for James and further highlighting the changing nature of the Houlden. The appointment of James reflects our confidence in the Houlden vision and values, and we believe James’s multi-faceted knowledge and wealth of experience will be invaluable as we focus on digital preservation and future proofing,” says Houlden Chief Executive, Helen Haddow.

“James will play a vital role in delivering the Houlden vision and advising and implementing the best practices to benefit our valued members and suppliers,” she adds.

Mr Rice says he is delighted and privileged to have been invited to join the board of directors. “Houlden consistently deliver high value experiences and opportunities for their members, so I look forward to commencing a role that will see me assist in the continuing the growth and future of Houlden, and I am looking forward to the new challenges that this position will bring,” he concludes.


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