For the first time in since its launch 700 years ago, one of the most respected city jewellery institutions has appointed a woman to its top job.

Today marks the placement of Londoner Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE, the first female Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company in the capital.

The Goldsmiths’ Company, which received its first Royal Charter in 1327, is still highly active in its trade.


The Goldsmiths’ Company is  one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. Over two million metal items are marked each year at the Assay Office in Goldsmiths’ Hall, famous for giving the word ‘hallmark’ to the English language.

A separate Centre in Clerkenwell offers business training to over 200 graduates; studio space to 83 craftspeople; and 24 workshops to emerging goldsmithing and silversmithing businesses. The company also supports over 300 charitable enterprises each year.

Cobham-Lowe has a background in academia, corporate strategy and business leadership, and her year as Prime Warden will launch the decade running up to the 700th anniversary of the company’s first Royal Charter.

Cobham-Lowe said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be chosen to lead a Livery Company that still has a real job to do: assaying and hallmarking precious metals, training apprentices, and changing lives through the gifts our historic wealth and current members’ donations let us make.”