The Birmingham Assay Office is seeking “seasoned individuals” to serve as new guardians of the organisation.

The office’s guardians form a board which then elects some of its number to serve as wardens.

The wardens then form a non-executive committee to which the chief executive and assay master reports.


The Guardians’ fundamental role is to preserve and protect the office.

The office requests that applicants must have relevant experience, knowledge and professional standing and be actively engaged in areas such as finance, law, marketing or politics.

These are unpaid posts with an initial requirement to attend two meetings a year, but with the expectation that successful applicants will also, when appropriate, be called upon to provide independent advice, professional guidance and introductions within their field of expertise for the benefit of the office.

Guardians also support specific functional committees and should be prepared to stand as a warden if required.

Applications will close on 1 March 2021. Those who would like to be considered for the role can request an application form from Emma Wathen at