\r\n\r\nThe Birmingham Assay Office has announced its chair, Carol Brady MBE, will step down from the role in October 2022, and Russell Jeans will take over as designated chair.\r\n\r\nBrady joined the Birmingham Assay Office as a guardian in 2014 and was elected chair in 2018. The Assay Office said she has played an instrumental role in the development of the office with her experience in consumer and regulatory policy.\r\n\r\nPreviously, Brady was chair of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and is currently a commissioner for the Gambling Commission.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, Jeans is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a postgraduate of Warwick Business School, having joined as a guardian in 2020, followed by his appointment as a warden in April 2021.\r\n\r\nHe has worked his way up the financial and operational management ladder in a range of manufacturing and service sector environments. He spent 12 years at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, including the roles of commercial director and chief operating officer.\r\n\r\nMore recently, Jeans became the founder and CEO of Sefton and Associates, a recruitment and management consultancy business that operates in the UK, Europe, and the US.\r\n\r\nFollowing the change in leadership, there will be a vacancy within the Warden\u2019s committee, and the position will be filled from within the pool of guardians.\r\n\r\nBrady said: \u201cIt has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve not only as a guardian but as a Warden and, of course, be bestowed the auspicious position of chair. I want to thank everyone at the Birmingham Assay Office for their hard work, commitment, and dedication in making the office the success it is today.\u201d\r\n\r\nDoug Henry, CEO and Assay master, added: \u201cCarol has been an excellent chair, bringing consistency, transparency and actively encouraging open communication amongst the team. Her attention to detail and pragmatic approach to the challenges we faced together has enabled us to make tangible progress in the development of the office.\r\n\r\n\u201cShe will be greatly missed, and we thank her for the enormous contribution she has made to this business. We also welcome Russell to the role and are confident that his skills and experience will enable us to continue our progressive journey to become the global choice for assurance."