Stuart is CEO of Houlden Group, the UK and Ireland’s premier trade organisation for independent fine jewellers. He has been a director since founding the Group in 1976 as a vehicle for independent jewellers to buy fine jewellery. The Group has since grown to become a catalyst for excellence amongst the independent sector.
One of Scotland’s best known jewellers, Stuart is also Managing Director of Laings of Glasgow and has a wealth of experience of the industry, specialising in fine jewellery in particular.
Stuart is a passionate believer in the importance of training and marketing, and instilling best practice principles across the industry, a key factor which led him to establish the Houlden Group.
His enthusiasm, drive and commitment to the trade is evident in the successful growth of both award winning businesses and he is a respected mentor within the trade.
Outwith the industry, Stuart is an ardent supporter of a number of charities including Hansel Village, providing support to people with disabilities, and the Variety Club of Scotland, and is an ambassador to the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. He is also an enthusiastic golfer and enjoys power boating.