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Birmingham Assay Office launches search for new guardians

Applications are now to join the hallmarking organisation for individuals with the relevant experience and knowledge

The Birmingham Assay Office has announced it has begun its search for “seasoned individuals” to become the organisation’s new guardians.

Controlled by a group of 36 elected guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in the city of Birmingham, the Assay Office was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1773.

The role of guardians is to “preserve and protect” the office, as well as to elect wardens from among their ranks to serve in non-executive committee roles, to which the chief executive and Assay master reports.

Successful applications must have the relevant education, experience, knowledge and professional standing; the majority being active in areas such as law, finance, marketing or politics.

Posts are unpaid but guardians are expected to attend two annual meetings and, when appropriate, are expected to provide independent advice, professional guidance and introductions within their field of expertise for the benefit of the Assay office.

Furthermore, guardians should support specific functional committees and should be ready to stand as warden if required.

Applications for the role will close on 1 March 2021.

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