Council Member

Body: British Hallmarking Council
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Regulation
Location: Meetings will be held at the four UK Assay offices (London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh) and these rotate throughout the year.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: Up to 7 Council Members
Remuneration: These roles do not include remuneration. Post-holders will be reimbursed for travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses.
Time Requirements: Up to 3 meetings per year. The post-holders 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.

Patrick Fuller
Patrick was the President of the National Association of Jewellers until 2018. He is also Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and Freeman of the City of London.

Appointed: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2021

Isobel Pollock-Hulf
Isobel is Chair of Programme Expert Group (PEG) for Digital covering Data, Quantum, Electomagnetics and Time at the National Physical Laboratory; and also a Board Member at the Science and Technology Advisory Council. She is a Visiting Professor in Engineering Design at the University of Leeds. She was previously Chair of the National Measurement and Regulation Office Steering Board.

Appointed: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2021
Vanessa Sharp
Vanessa is Legal Advisor and NED for a number of companies, include the Food and Drink Federation, Companies House, and Ice Futures Europe Ltd.

Appointed: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2021

Gay Penfold
Gay was the Centre Manager of the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University for 16 years. She is also a Trustee of the British Jewellery Giftware and Finishing Federation Benevolent Society, and Panel Member of the South Yorkshire Community Fund.  Gay will take up her role from 1 January 2020 for 3 years.

Appointed: 1 January 2020
Term ends: 31 December 2022

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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 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 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 (all members)

  • 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 judgments;
  • 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.

Essential Skills (economist member)

  • A qualified, professional economist with substantial proven competence in applied economics; and
  • Ability to communicate complex technical ideas and arguments in a way which non-economists can readily understand. 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 post-holders must demonstrate a high standard of corporate and personal conduct and should particularly note the requirement to declare any conflict of interest that arises in the course of the office’s operations and the need to declare any relevant business interests, positions of authority or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies.

BEIS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns and to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process. BEIS offers professional training courses on public sector finance and governance for those new to the public sector.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00 on 2nd September.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Please submit the following documents by email to

  • A Covering Letter setting out how you meet the essential criteria
  • CV
  • Candidate Application Form
  • Diversity form

Please ensure that you include “BHC Members” in the subject box.

Alternatively, you can send your application in hard copy to:

Public Appointments Team, 7th Floor ‑ Spur 2, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Applicant packs can be provided in other formats upon request.

BHC Members - Applicant Pack
BHC Members - Diversity Monitoring Form
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