Membership

Details of the council's members and Assay Office representatives.

The British Hallmarking Council was set up under the Hallmarking Act 1973, and came into existence on 1 January 1974. The act requires that it is made up of between 16 and 19 members, 10 of whom are appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Council members

Chairman

Noel Hunter OBE

Noel Hunter was appointed Chairman of the British Hallmarking Council on 6 April 2017. Noel is a Fellow of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Consumer Affairs. He is also Vice President of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and member of its board. He is Chairman of the Consumer Code for Home Builders and Chairman of the Myton Hospices and is an Independent member of Disciplinary Tribunal for National Association of Estate Agents. He is a former warden of the Birmingham Assay Office.

Secretary

Sue Green

Sue works independently for the British Hallmarking Council. The Secretary is not a member of the council.

Appointees from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Malcolm Craig

Malcolm is a Chartered Trading Standards Practitioner employed by South Lanarkshire Council. He works in a team specialising in business advice and project management. He is Chair of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Appointed: 1 June 2016
Reappointed: 1 January 2019 (for a 2nd term)
Term ends: 31 December 2021

Louise Durose

Louise is the General Counsel at MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd a subsidiary of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE based in Augsburg, Germany. The MAN Diesel Group designs and manufactures large diesel engines and turbomachinery.

Appointed: 1 June 2016
Reappointed: 1 January 2019 (for a 2nd term)
Term ends: 31 December 2021

Helen Forder

Helen is a director of The PMC Studio Ltd, the distributor of Precious Metal Clay in the UK and Ireland. Following a degree in European Business, she worked in international marketing for 20 years in various industry sectors.

Appointed: 1 January 2013
Reappointed: 1 January 2016 (for a 2nd term)
Extended: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2019

Andrew Hinds

Andrew is a Director of F Hinds and has worked in the business full time since 1989. He is also the Joint Deputy Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and Fellow of the Gemmological Association.

Appointed: 1 January 2013
Reappointed: 1 January 2016 (for a 2nd term)
Extended: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2019

Harriet Kelsall

Harriet is the founder and chairman of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. She is also the vice-chair of the National Association of Jewellers and a non-executive board member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

Appointed: 1 January 2016
Reappointed: 1 January 2019 (for a 2nd term)
Term ends: 31 December 2021

David Sanders

David is a former Head of Trading Standards in the Vale of Glamorgan, and a former Assistant Director for Consumer Protection for the City and County of Cardiff. He is a former Council Member, Branch Chairman and National Chairman of CTSI and a Fellow of the Institute. He is Lead Officer for CTSI on Civil Law and Hallmarking. He is a Consumer Representative for the British Standards Institute.

Appointed: 1 January 2013
Reappointed: 1 January 2016 (for a 2nd term)
Extended: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2019

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

Kenneth Daly

Kenneth is National Co-ordinator at the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland. Previously he was Trading Standards Manager at Dundee City Council.

Appointed: 1 January 2019
Term ends: 31 December 2021

Assay Office representatives

London

Sir David Reddaway

David is the Clerk of the Goldsmiths Company.

Neil Carson

Neil is the Chairman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Assay Office management committee.

Sheffield

Peter Hayes

Peter is Chairman of the Guardians of the Sheffield Assay Office. He is also Chairman of the Sheffield Technology Park and Chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office. He is a Non-Executive Director and a trustee of other trusts and charities and has participated in projects for the Cranfield Trust as a pro-bono adviser to cultural organisations.

Birmingham

Carol Brady MBE

Carol is a Warden of Birmingham Assay Office.

Edinburgh

Tom Murray

Tom is Deacon of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh. He is the founding director of Charityflow, Chairman of Mercy Corps and is the Purse Bearer to the Lord High Commissioner.

Co-opted members

Matthew Sibley

Matthew is the Law Clerk of the Sheffield Office.

John Stirling

John is Law Clerk to Edinburgh Assay Office and a solicitor in Edinburgh.

Sub-committees

There are 4 sub-committees:

Applications Committee

The remit of the Applications Committee is to:

  • consider applications from assay offices to set up sub-offices or engage in on-site hallmarking
  • authorise temporary sub-offices and on-site hallmarking
  • recommend protocols for applications
  • monitor the conduct of all approved operations

Applications Committee standing orders.

Education and Enforcement Committee

The Education and Enforcement Committee works with Trading Standards, the assay offices and the industry to:

  • increase awareness and enforcement activity
  • increase consumer understanding
  • deliver the Touchstone Award and develop it for the future

The committee is made up of BEIS-appointed and assay office council members and 1 assay office representative to assist with press statements and publicity.

Education and Enforcement Committee standing orders.

Joint Assay Offices Committee

The remit of the Joint Assay Offices Committee is to make recommendations to the council regarding the discharge of its statutory powers and duties under the Hallmarking Act, in particular with regard to:

  • enforcement
  • advising the Secretary of State
  • amendments to the Hallmarking Act
  • strategic matters referred to it by the council

Joint Assay Offices Committee standing orders.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee considers and makes recommendations to the council on a number of areas, including:

  • technical aspects of hallmarking
  • technical matters referred to the council
  • refusals to hallmark any articles by an assay office following an appeal

Technical Committee standing orders.

Meeting minutes

The British Hallmarking Council meets twice a year, usually in April and October. Papers are available once the minutes have been agreed, which is usually after the following full meeting of the council.