Assay Office Birmingham 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:
Carol Brady MBEChairman
David Clarke DL FCIPRWarden
John Wood DLWarden
|Carol Brady MBE||Michelle Cartwright||James Newman*|
|Gary Singh||Alison Neate||Martyn Pugh *|
|Charles Smith||Helen Miles||John Wood DL|
|Tim Clay||Alicky Wibaut||Simon Dawe|
|David Clarke DL||Frances Anderson||Kevin Saunders|
|Stephen Whittaker*||Peter Stonely||David Hendley*|
|Henry Deakin*||Michael Donaldson||Russell Jeans|
|John Henn*||Gary Wroe*|
|Prof John Heath||Simon Rea|
|Andrew Lee||Simon Meddings|
|Julie Langford||Alastair Cropp|
|Andy Harries||Andrew Morton*|
NOTE * Trade Guardian
Names highlighted in bold are Wardens
The role of a Guardian of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham
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 report.
A Guardian will be required to attend two meetings per year but may be called upon as and when required to provide independent advice, professional guidance and introductions within their field of expertise for the benefit of the Assay Office.
Although the role of a Guardian is voluntary, if and when required, a Guardian may stand as a Warden, which is a remunerated position due to the role being more time-consuming.
In order to be elected, Guardians must have experience, knowledge and professional standing and be actively engaged in one or more the areas listed below.
“Being a Guardian for the Birmingham Assay Office is an opportunity to be involved with supporting one of the oldest trading principles in the world - that of providing a reliable and trusted system of quality control and ensure the value of precious metals and other related commodities.
At its heart, the Birmingham Assay Office is still focused on providing the confidence that items bearing its assay mark are indeed what they say they are. Over recent years the organisation has expanded this principle to guaranteeing the quality of a wider range of products, giving the public and consumers certainty that what they believe they are purchasing is indeed the case. I am proud to be a part of upholding the core tradition of assay testing, whilst also helping transfer these principles to the 21st century world of consumer protection”
Alistair Cropp, Guardian
If you would like to be part of this historical organisation, and contribute to its continued success, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
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