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the Trade with Independence and Integrity


The Birmingham Assay office is pleased to announce the election of five new Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate.  Simon Dawe, Sales Director of TH March, Kevin Saunders a regulatory and criminal Barrister, David-Louis Hendley of Artfull Expression, Russell Jeans CEO of Sefton Consulting and Alison Neate, Partner of Smith Partnership Solicitors.

Simon Dawe, Sales Director of TH March said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as a Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office.  I look forward to working with this historic and fantastic organisation and help to contribute to its continued success in the future”.


The role of ‘Guardian of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham’ was created by an Act of Parliament in 1773 and was formed to control and protect the Birmingham Assay Office.  There are 36 elected ‘Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham’, of whom not more than nine or less than six may be connected with the jewellery trade. The Guardians subsequently elect Wardens from amongst their number to serve on a board to which the Chief Executive and Assay Master reports.

Doug Henry, Assay Master and CEO said: “We are always looking to recruit talented Guardians who will bring with them key skills, experience, knowledge, commitment and professional standing to promote and protect the office, thereby contributing to the continued success and growth of our five diverse business divisions.”

If you would like to be part of this historical organisation, email for an application pack or if you would like to find out more about the role of a Guardian please visit



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