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


Christopher Jewitt is a director of the Sheffield hand tool manufacturing company, Footprint Sheffield Limited. Prior to becoming Chairman, he was Chairman of the Management Committee and Guardians of the Sheffield Assay Office. He is also a past Master Cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.


Geraldine Swanton is a legal director at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, a law firm with offices in Birmingham, London, Leicester, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Stratford-upon-Avon and Brussels. The secretary is not a member of the council.

Appointees from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Bryn Aldridge was the Director of Trading Standards and Veterinary Services of the City of London Corporation, the Registrar of the College of Fellows of the Trading Standards Institutes and a Board Member of the Hackney White Heat City Fringe Partnership.

Robert Grice is the former Chief Trading Standards Officer of Doncaster MBC, and is a Guardian of the Sheffield Assay Office.

Andrew Hinds is Director of F Hinds and has worked in the business full-time since 1989. He is also the vice chairman and board member of the National Association of Goldsmiths. He is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and Fellow of the Gemmological Association.

Helen O’Neill is a director of The PMC Studio Ltd, the distributor of Precious Metal Clay in the UK and Eire. Following a degree in European Business she worked in international marketing for 20 years in various industry sectors. Currently she is also National Committee Member of the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA).

John Pearce is the CEO and Creative Director of Johnny Rocket, a company which designs, manufacturers and retails high quality jewellery in Greenwich, London.

David Sanders is a former senior trading standards officer who has acted for various authorities.

Meeting minutes

Assay Office representatives


Neil Carson is Chairman of the London Assay Office Board of Management.

Sir David Reddaway is Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company, London.


Simon Batiste is the Law Clerk of the Sheffield Office, and a barrister with Chambers in Leeds. He has a long family connection with hallmarking.


Kate Hartigan is a management accountant with extensive general management experience, and is also a trustee and treasurer of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses.

Carol Brady is the Chairman of the Board of the Trading Standards Institute.

Co-opted members

Peter Hayes is Chairman of the Sheffield Assay Office. He is a chartered accountant and a main board director of OSL Group Holdings, with responsibility for its automotive divisions. He is also a director of Charterfields Limited, an international asset valuers headquartered in Sheffield.

John Stirling is a solicitor in Edinburgh.

Tom Murray is Deacon of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in Edinburgh. He is also a solicitor in Edinburgh. He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Investor Protection Committee, and is the Purse Bearer to the Lord High Commissioner. He has a long family connection with hallmarking.