British Hallmarking Council Members x2 ( Deadline Extended to 1 September 2019)

Body: British Hallmarking Council
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Regulation
Location: British Hallmarking Council Offices London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: The appointments are not remunerated but there is the satisfaction which arises from the contribution the Council makes to the regulation of hallmarking in the UK. You will be reimbursed for travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses.
Time Requirements: One day to prepare, one day to attend meetings up to 3 times per year, may also be asked to work on Council sub-committees as the need arises.


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

Chris Sellors and Joanna Hardy have been appointed to the British Hallmarking Council from 25 March 2020 for three years.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    15/05/2020 at 15:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation:

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 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 Council is chaired by Noel Hunter OBE, who is elected by the BHC and performs an operational role very similar to a Chief Executive Officer. He is also the Accounting Officer. In addition to the Chairman there are eighteen other Council members, ten of whom are appointed by the Secretary of State, three of the which are representative of consumer protection and four members are representative of the trade or produce articles of precious metal.

Person Specification

The Role:

The British Hallmarking Council’s role is to:

  • ensure that adequate facilities for the assaying and hallmarking of articles of precious metal are available as from time to time required in the United Kingdom;
  • supervise the activities of assay offices in that behalf, of taking all steps appearing to be open to them for ensuring the enforcement of the law with respect to hallmarking; and
  • advise the Secretary of State with respect to all matters concerning the due execution of the Act including any matter which may be referred to the Council by the Secretary of State.

Council members contribute to this by:

  • 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 on UK’s hallmarking matters and legislation;
  • supporting the Assay Offices and Trading Standards Departments in monitoring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Hallmarking Act;
  • participating in BHC related awareness raising activities; and
  • promoting good relationships with and between the Assay Offices, the trade, the consumer and government in the market of precious metal articles.

Person Specification/Selection Criteria

We are looking for people either with: (a) experience in organisations or activities involved in the trading or manufacture of articles of precious metals such as jewellery, antiques, or (b) experience gained in the field of consumer protection.

Selection Criteria (all members)

Essential Skills:

  • an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a public body;
  • 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 contribute to resolving complex and challenging issues, balancing conflicting interests, and implementing consensus decisions;
  • an ability to investigate issues, developing own views and making impartial judgements;
  • an ability to manage and build collaborative relationships, demonstrate influencing and persuading skills and represent the views of others in the industry;
  • an ability to maintain high standards in quality assurance or accreditation; and
  • experience or a clear understanding of working as a non-executive,
  • ability to communicate complex technical ideas. The applicant must have the ability to build productive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders and partners across a range of levels.

Desirable Skills:

  • Have knowledge or an interest in hallmarking legislation;
  • Experience of working or interacting with central government and industry; and
  • An appreciation of hallmarking policy and practice.

Skills and personal qualities (to be tested at interview)

Candidate will demonstrate:

  • ability to uphold the Principles of Public Life.
  • an appreciation of the role of a regulator;
  • sound commercial acumen;
  • confident communicator, articulate with strong oral communication skills; and

ability to stay calm under pressure when challenged by others.


Additional Information

The appointment is made by the Secretary of State for BEIS and is for a period of three years with the possibility of reappointment for a second term, subject to satisfactory performance appraisals.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please:

Alternatively, if you would like this form in a Microsoft Word document or physical copy, you can request this via the appointments team at or by sending a letter to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor, Spur 2, BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET

Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.


Information on the timetable for this campaign, selection process, requisite security clearance, and the Interview Panel can be found on the Centre for Public Appointments webpage for this vacancy at

If you have any queries regarding the application process, you can contact the BEIS Public Appointments Team at

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