Birmingham Assay Office set to appoint Doug Henry as new CEO

The Birmingham Assay Office (BAO) has announced the appointment of Doug Henry as its chief executive and assay master.

The news comes after incumbent Stella Layton announced she would leave the role at the AnchorCert Group – comprising BAO, AnchorCert Analytical, AnchorCert Gem Lab, SafeGuard Valuations and AnchorCert Academy – in October last year.

Following the announcement, Henry was appointed as joint CEO to work alongside Layton until a permanent appointment had been made, but it has now confirmed that Henry will takeover the role.

Henry will commence his new appointment as the company’s 14th assay master on Monday 3 April, having originally joined the group to restructure its quality management system in September 2014.

Since then he has project-managed the BAO’s relocation to Moreton Street, as well as leading the management of its Indian offshore sub-office and supporting the development of its quality management processes and bespoke management systems.

Kate Hartigan, chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome Doug as CEO and assay master as successor to Stella. He has worked with us on several key projects such as the relocation and the launch of our sub-office in India, and contributed significantly to their successful delivery.

“Doug’s appointment will ensure both a seamless transition of leadership for the AnchorCert Group and also continued focus on the achievement of our strategic objectives.”

Layton, who will resume her role as one of the guardians at the BAO, is expected to provide independent consultancy to the trade.

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