Assay Office Birmingham seeks new Guardians!

9 August 2018


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:

The Analytical Laboratory: internationally respected as an authority in the testing of precious metals, nickel, lead cadmium and other elements restricted by REACH, RoHS and further international regulations and legislation

  • AnchorCert: one of the UK’s best resourced gemmological facilities
  • SafeGuard: leading valuation service for jewellery, watches and silverware
  • The Academy: specialist courses to businesses and individuals in precious metals analysis, gemmology and retail skills

Since its foundation, Birmingham Assay Office has grown based on its independent expertise, integrity and innovation. We are now looking for candidates with a high level of business acumen and a strong interest in the Assay Office to join our existing team of guardians, as we approach our 250th anniversary.

Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham

As an independent business formed by an Act of Parliament, 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 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.

The Birmingham Assay Office is seeking seasoned individuals to serve as guardians. Applicants must have 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. However, it is important that 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 must be prepared to stand as wardens if required; this is a more time‐consuming role and is remunerated.

Competencies that we are looking for in a guardian

Candidates may find it more convenient if they are resident or regularly work in the Greater Birmingham area. We would especially welcome applications from those with tangible evidence of particular strengths and significant experience in ONE OR MORE of the following areas:

•International and/or global business acumen including India

General management of multi-divisional small/medium enterprise

Financial and or treasury management of service organisations - in the UK and/or internationally

General management and/or business development management of chemical analytical laboratory

General management of a certification/audit business to recognised international standards

Skilled implementer of lean manufacturing methodologies

Consumer protection and trading standards expertise

If you feel that you are suitably qualified and would like to know more about the role of a guardian, please send an introduction and your CV no later than 5pm, Friday, 7 September 2018 to Kate Hartigan, Chairman  of  the  wardens at


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