The Birmingham Assay Office is not controlled by the trade – unlike the older assay offices and halls which were originally administered by the Guilds – but by a non-exec board of 6 Wardens who are elected from the 36 Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham, of whom not more than nine or less than six may be connected with the trade.
Applications for the role of Guardian, trade and non-trade, may be submitted at any time and will be considered when there are vacancies and according to the Office’s skills and experience requirements. Email us for further information.
Below is a list of Guardians and Wardens of Assay Office Birmingham:
|Rachel Eade||Michelle Cartwright||Nicola McGowan|
|Gary Singh||Alison Neate||David Hendley*|
|Charles Smith||Andy Moss||Simon Dawe|
|Russell Jeans||Alicky Wibaut||Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard|
|Tracy Carlton||Frances Anderson||Carla Goodfellow|
|Stephen Whittaker*||Charles Barwell||Petro Nicolaides|
|Henry Deakin*||Kate Canty||Marie Chalmers|
|John Henn*||Gary Wroe*||Michael Suter*|
|Prof John Heath||Gordon Hamme|
|Andrew Lee||Simon Meddings|
|Julie Langford||Gervase Lancaster|
|Peter Crump*||Andrew Morton*|
NOTE * Trade Guardian
Names highlighted in bold are Wardens
Birmingham Assay Office seeks new Guardians
Birmingham Assay Office is a diverse forward-looking enterprise with an entrepreneurial approach that reflects the vision of the man responsible for lobbying Parliament for its creation, Matthew Boulton.
Applications to become a Guardian of Birmingham Assay Office are now being invited.
Birmingham Assay Office is particularly seeking applications form those with experience in:
Applications are invited for both Non-trade and Trade (i.e., connected to the precious metals trade) roles.
About Birmingham Assay Office
Birmingham Assay Office is a progressive and developing business that has followed a programme of innovation and diversification. It comprises five operational divisions:
Its modern custom-designed three-storey, 5,000 sq. m building - that acts as a gateway to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter - is also home to a small number of academic and commercial tenants, thereby maximising use of the premises and providing an additional income-stream.
Its Vision is to be The Global Choice for Assurance and its Mission is to develop a compliance and testing centre of excellence across the jewellery industry, ensuring a growing and balanced portfolio of business activities to achieve its objectives, minimise risk and ensure a positive nett cash flow.
The Office is deeply committed to equality and promotes a culture of creativity, innovation and collaboration with staff, customers, supporters and the community with whom it works. It is particularly keen to be representative of all of the communities of Birmingham and the West Midlands and we would particularly like to encourage applications from candidates across a broad range of backgrounds and interests, including from groups currently under-represented amongst our Wardens and Guardians.
The aim of its Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Policy is to ensure no job applicant, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
The role: Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham
Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, the unique corporate structure of the company - which trades as Birmingham Assay Office - is controlled by a group of 36 elected Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham (of whom not more than nine nor less than six should be connected with the precious metals trade; this was a departure from the older assay offices that were administered by the Guilds). The Act requires Birmingham Assay Office to be self-supporting with all its revenues coming from commercial activities – originally solely assaying or marking.
Guardians elect Wardens from amongst their number to serve on a non-exec board to which the Chief Executive and Assay Master reports. This is a more time‐consuming, non-executive role and is remunerated.
The Guardians’ fundamental role is to preserve and protect the Office. Specific duties include:
A Guardian can be called upon as required to provide independent advice, professional guidance and introductions within their field of expertise for the benefit of the Assay Office.
Guardians may also be called upon to support specific functional committees (currently Remuneration and Appointments; Audit and Finance, and Investment).
A Voluntary Code exists to limit the maximum service period for all Guardians to 15-years. If appointed as a Warden during the 15 years, the Wardenship shall be limited to a maximum period of 9 years from appointment date subject to re-election every three years with the expectation that the total of any continuous period in office of a Warden will be six years unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Guardians stand for re-election every four-years and, specified by statute, must retire at the age of 70. Details of the Voluntary Code are included in the Corporate Governance Policy.
We are seeking experienced individuals to serve as Guardians.
Personal qualities that we look for in a Guardian include:
As stated above, the skills and expertise we currently seek are:
If you feel that you are suitably qualified and would like to be considered for the role of a Guardian, please request an application form from Emma Wathen at email@example.com.
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