The Secretary of State from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  wishes to appoint four members to the British Hallmarking Council.

If you have experience in the trading or manufacture of articles of precious metals, such as jewellery and antiques, a background in consumer protection or experience gained in another field of expertise relevant to the work of the Council, such as economics or quality assurance, they would like to hear from you.

You would be responsible for:


  • working with the four UK Assay Offices and monitoring the work they and their sub-offices carry out (including any sub-offices offshore);
  • supporting Trading Standards departments to ensure that hallmarking law is enforced;
  • proposing legal changes and advising the Secretary of State for BIS; and
  • maintaining the high standards of the UK’s hallmarking facilities.

The term of office is for an initial period of three years, starting on 1 January 2016.

Closing date: 14 September 2015 (24:00)

Members are not remunerated but travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. The Council normally meets two or three times a year at one of the four Assay Offices.

A full applicant pack can be obtained from the Council’s website or by e-mail to Alternatively, you can telephone Fiona Birchall on  +44 (0) 20 8943 7214 (during office hours).

BIS is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness and fairness of process and providing equal opportunities for all.