Chair of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee

Body: Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations
Appointing Department: HM Treasury
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: United Kingdom
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The Chair is expected to commit to attending six RMAC meetings per year. In between meetings, light level contact is expected.


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

Baroness Gisela Stuart has been appointed as Chair of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee.

Date: 19/04/2021

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Vacancy Description

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, who will play a central role in the committee’s task of recommending designs for United Kingdom coins, official medals, seals and decorations.

The new chair will be responsible for leading numismatic design in the United Kingdom, collaborating closely with Government departments, the Royal Household and the Royal Mint. This role will involve leading all aspects of new and innovative ways of commemorating events, individuals and symbology of national significance in numismatic form. The chair of the RMAC will lead and guide meetings of the committee, reaching consensus on various design proposals and ultimately advise HM Treasury, other government departments and the Crown on artistic excellence in design. The RMAC chair is responsible for leading the committee in an ethical manner, acting impartially, ensuring effective governance and excellence in delivery.

The Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) was established in 1922, and seeks to continually raise the standard of numismatic and medallic art in the UK. We advise the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as Master of the Mint, and ultimately the Crown on designs for new United Kingdom coins. Additionally, every official medal issued since 1922 has come through RMAC, and we continue this proud tradition by advising Government departments on medals, seals and decorations.

Person Specification

The role of the Chair requires the following specific skills:


Influencing and Communicating

Offering a clear lead in discussions, with a preparedness to work towards consensus on difficult matters involving artistic taste.

Independence and Impartiality

Independence and impartiality developed through experience chairing/engaging meetings at a senior level, providing the ability to give objective and frank advice to government officials.


Government Engagement

An understanding of engaging government departments and the Royal Household. If direct experience is not available, successful candidates should demonstrate an ability to gain this understanding.

Artistic Understanding

An understanding of artists and designers currently working in Britain, with a knowledge of the political and artistic implications of decisions taken with respect to United Kingdom coinage and official medals.

The successful candidate will have:


A record that demonstrates a strong awareness of the visual arts, of historical and cultural trends and a highly developed aesthetic sense.


Experience as a senior figure in the art and design community, or several years’ experience leading a national institution or be a respected public figure with an interest in art and design.

Any successful candidate will be expected to abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life, these are:

  1. Selflessness
  2. Integrity
  3. Objectivity
  4. Accountability
  5. Openness
  6. Honesty
  7. Leadership

Additional Information

The Royal Mint and HM Treasury embrace diversity and promote equality of opportunity; we encourage applicants from all backgrounds, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation and transgender.

The Royal Mint and HM Treasury are disability confident employers.

Length of term:

Members serve for an initial term of five years, with the opportunity for reappointment for a second term of five years.

Code of conduct:

More information on the Seven Principles can be found here:–2


How to Apply

To apply for this role please send applications to:

All applications must include:

  • The role title and reference in the subject line;
  • A CV, which provides details of your qualifications, employment history, skills and experience;
  • A covering letter in which you succinctly address how your skills meet the requirements of the role;
  • Names of at least two referees who may be contacted at short list stage, i.e. before final interview;
  • Confirmation from you that you are happy for HM Treasury or HM Government to undertake any vital background checks, including career, credit and qualifications, or similar at the appropriate stage in the process. No checks will be undertaken without your prior knowledge.

Furthermore, the following forms should be also be completed and attached to all applications:

  • Diversity Monitoring Form (Annex 1)
  • Disability Confident Scheme, Political Activity, and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire (Annex 2)

All applicants are encouraged to review the Public Appointment Recruitment Privacy Notice (Annex 3). If you have any questions about the appointment or the process, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at

Annex 1 - Diversity Monitoring Form- PDF
Annex 2 - Disability Confidence Political Activity and Conflict of Interest- DOCX
Annex 2 - Disability Confidence Political Activity and Conflict of Interest- PDF
Annex 3 - Public Appointment Privacy Notice- PDF
Candidate Pack - RMAC Chair- DOCX (002)
Candidate Pack - RMAC Chair- PDF
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