The Birmingham Assay Office seeks new Guardians

Birmingham Assay Office. Photograph by Martin Neeves Photography – www.martinneeves.com

Birmingham Assay Office, best known for its hallmarking of precious metals and with four other operational divisions, is recruiting new Guardians to support its growth and development.

The forward-looking enterprise’s entrepreneurial approach reflects the vision of the man responsible for lobbying Parliament for its creation, Matthew Boulton.

Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773, the unique corporate structure of the company – which trades as Birmingham Assay Office – is controlled by a group of 36 elected Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham. The Guardians subsequently elect Wardens from amongst their number to serve on a non-exec committee to which the Chief Executive and Assay Master reports. The Guardian’s fundamental role is to preserve and protect the Office.

The Office is seeking applications from both Non-trade and Trade (i.e., connected to the precious metals trade) roles. Non-trade applicants will ideally have experience in finance, law, marketing or politics and will provide independent advice, professional guidance and introductions within their field of expertise for the benefit of the Assay Office.

This is a great opportunity to support and work with a progressive and developing business that is implementing a programme of innovation and diversification whilst also being part of Birmingham’s heritage.

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

Applications will close on 28th February 2022. Those who would like to be considered for the role of a Guardian, can request an application form from Emma Wathen at .

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