Protecting the Consumer and Servicing
the Trade with Independence and Integrity


Birmingham Assay Office seeks new Guardians

Closing Date: 21st February 2020

Birmingham Assay Office seeks new Guardians


Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, Birmingham Assay Office has a 245-year history of providing consumer protection in the form of testing and hallmarking of precious metals. In addition to the original core business, four further divisions have been developed focusing on certification and education:


  • Analytical Laboratory: internationally respected as an authority in the testing of precious and non-precious metals such as nickel, lead, cadmium and other elements regulated by REACH, RoHS and other international standards and legislation
  • AnchorCert Gem Lab: one of the UK’s best-resourced gemmological facilities
  • SafeGuard: a leading valuation service for jewellery, watches and silverware
  • The Academy: specialist educational training to businesses and individuals


Since its foundation, the Birmingham Assay Office has grown based on its independence, expertise, integrity and innovation.


Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham


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. The Guardians subsequently elect Wardens from amongst their number to serve on a non-exec board to which the Chief Executive and Assay Master reports.  The Guardians fundamental role is to preserve and protect the office.


We are now seeking seasoned individuals to serve as Guardians. Applicants must have relevant experience, knowledge and professional standing and be actively engaged in any of the areas listed below. These are unpaid posts with an initial requirement to attend two meetings a year. 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 be called upon to support specific functional committees from time to time and they must also be prepared to stand as Wardens if required; this is a more time-consuming role and is remunerated.


Competencies that we are currently looking for in a guardian include:


  • Entrepreneurial enterprise and creative thinking
  • Business skills/evidence of successfully developing businesses/financial management and control
  • Commercial law as a solicitor or barrister
  • Skills and education development
  • Marketing in a commercial environment
  • Local government – as an officer or serving as an elected member


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

Applications for current vacancies close on February 21, 2020.

Interviews will be conducted week commencing March 9, 2020.

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To apply for this role, click the apply button, please attach your CV and a covering letter to our Recruitment Team. No agencies please.



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