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Birmingham Assay Office seeks new guardians


The Birmingham Assay Office is looking for new guardians as it approaches 250 years in business.

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.

As its 250th anniversary looms, 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.

Candidates may find it more convenient if they are resident or regularly work in the Greater Birmingham area.

The Birmingham Assay Office would especially welcome applications from those with tangible evidence of particular strengths and significant experience in one ore 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, September 7 2018 to Kate Hartigan, chairman of the wardens at kate.hartigan@theassayoffice.co.uk.


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