British Hallmarking Council, Members

Body: British Hallmarking Council
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Unpaid. Reimbursed travel and subsistence expenses
Time Requirements: Approximately 4 - 5 days per year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Sarah Langley and Rachel Holloway have both been appointed as Members of the Board for the British Hallmarking Council. Both their terms will end in 22/02/2025.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 29th November

  • Announcement

    20/05/2022 at 09:00

Vacancy Description

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is a regulator responsible for supervising hallmarking in the United Kingdom. It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The BHC was established under the Hallmarking Act 1973 to protect consumers, including businesses acting as consumers. It ensures that there are adequate facilities for hallmarking in the UK and advises the Secretary of State for BEIS on hallmarking matters and hallmarking legislation. The BHC supervises the hallmarking activities of the four UK assay offices (London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh) and the UK’s hallmarking system, guaranteeing the purity of precious metals to protect the consumer and the trade.

The Roles

The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint three new members to the British Hallmarking Council. One with a background in the trade of precious metals, one with a consumer protection background and one independent. They will each serve for a term of three years.

Council members contribute by monitoring and supporting the work of the UK Assay offices and their sub-Offices, including on compliance with the Hallmarking Act. Members participate in BHC related awareness raising activities and promote good relationships with and between the Assay Offices, the trade, the consumer and government in the market of precious metal articles.

We are committed to growing the diversity of our boards and bringing in talent, regardless of its origins. We encourage applications from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from people with ethnicity, gender and disability characteristics currently underrepresented on our Boards.

Individual Council members would be expected to attend meetings up to three times per year, requiring a minimum of one day’s preparation per meeting. Members may also be asked to work on Council sub-committees as the need arises.

There is no remuneration for the role of Council member although there is scope for reimbursement for travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses.

Person Specification

Key responsibilities of the members will be:

  • Monitoring the working of the UK Assay offices, and their sub-offices (including offshore sub-Offices).
  • Providing contributions to the Chair who advises the Secretary of State for BEIS on UK’s hallmarking matters and legislation.
  • Supporting the Assay offices and Trading Standards Department in monitoring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Hallmarking Act.
  • Participating in BHC related awareness raising activities.
  • Promoting good relationships with and between the Assay Offices, the trade, the consumer and government in the market of precious metal articles.

For all roles, you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • An understanding of regulatory delivery and awareness of the Regulators’ Code and the ability to contribute to shaping regulatory strategy and policy.
  • An ability to maintain high standards in quality assurance or accreditation.
  • The ability to build productive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and partners across a range of levels.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical ideas.

Additionally, applicants for the Consumer Protection and Trade Member roles are required by law to be ‘suitably qualified’ in their field. Candidates applying for either of these roles must demonstrate the following additional essential criteria:

Consumer Protection

  • Knowledge and experience of working at a senior level in the field of consumer protection.


  • Knowledge and experience of working at senior level in the organisation or activities involved in the trading or manufacture of articles of precious metals (such as jewellery and antiques).

Desirable Criteria for all roles

  • Experience or a clear understanding of working as a non-executive.

How to Apply

Your application is submitted in two parts.

Both parts must be submitted by 23:00 on 25th July 2021 in order for your application to be considered. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Part one: CV and Statement of Suitability

  • One document combining a two-page statement of suitability and two-page CV (no more than four sides of A4 in total). The key to a good application is to give the reader specific information about how you meet the criteria for appointment. Think about your knowledge, skills, experience and personal attributes, and take full advantage of the space available. Provide practical evidence that best demonstrates how you meet the es
  • Save the document as ‘Surname, First initial – URN389 – British Hallmarking Council’.
  • Send to with URN389 – British Hallmarking Council in the subject heading.

Part two: Diversity Monitoring and Conflict of Interest Form.

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