Chairman and trade warren stand down at an emotion-fuelled AGM.

Two long-standing members of the Birmingham Assay Office stepped down from their roles at its AGM on Friday as the organisation bid farewell to chairman Kay Alexander and trade warren Patrick Fuller.

Alexander held the chairman role for six years, serving two three-year terms, which is the maximum allowed. She will hold a temporary warden post as she hands over the role to Schaeffler managing director Kate Hartigan, who will be legally appointed as chairman at the next Wardens’ Committee meeting in November.


While chairing her final AGM Alexander thanked the team of Wardens for their support and Michael Allchin for his leadership of The Birmingham Assay Office in difficult times. She also spoke of her pride at having been selected to serve two terms.

Fuller, who owns WB The Creative Jewellery Company, also relinquished his trade warren role at The Birmingham Assay Office on Friday. Fuller will no longer attend AGMs but will continue to serve as a guardian.

The Birmingham Assay Office described emotions at the AGM as “running high” as Alexander was presented with a silver bowl – a replica of the one she gave to Her Majesty the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee – and a photobook of her time as chairman.

Sailing enthusiast Fuller received a customised Birmingham Assay Office burgee – flag – for his sailing boat with the organisation’s Anchor logo as well as a set of nautical-inspired cufflinks.

Fuller took the opportunity to make a gift of his own, presenting the Birmingham Assay Office with one of three genuine ship’s anchors that he has purchased for the new Birmingham Assay Office premesis. The 55,000 sq ft building due to open in 2014 has been designed by Glazzard Architects, and will occupy a landmark position at a key entrance to the Jewellery Quarter at Icknield Street.