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Birmingham Assay Office elects five new guardians


The Birmingham Assay office has elected five new ‘Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate’.  

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 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 five new guardians are as follows: 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.

Birmingham Assay Office chief exec, Doug Henry, shares: “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.”

Anyone interest in being part of this historical organisation can visit the Birmingham Assay Office webiste for an application pack.

On his new role as guardian, Simon Dawe of TH March, says: “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”.


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