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British Hallmarking Council - Three Trade Representative Members

Application deadline 15 July 2024


British Hallmarking Council
Sponsor department
Department for Business and Trade
Business and Trade
Business, Commercial
Number of vacancies
Time commitment
Length of term
3 years
Application deadline
11:59pm on 15 July 2024

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Timeline for this appointment

  1. Opening date

    16 May 2024

  2. Application deadline

    11:59pm on 15 July 2024

  3. Sifting date

    6 August 2024

  4. Interviews expected to end on

    9 September 2024

Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change

About the role


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 the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). 
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 DBT 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.
Of the remaining eight members, six are Assay Office representatives and two co-opted members, none of which are appointed by the Secretary of State
The BHC is funded entirely by the four UK assay offices who split the costs between them. More information on BHC can be found on their website at:

Role description

The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint three new Council Members to the British Hallmarking Council.
The Members are drawn from consumer protection, trade, independent and economist backgrounds.
Specifically for this recruitment campaign we are seeking three new members with a trade in precious metals background. 
The new appointees will serve for a term of three years, with the possibility of reappointment, subject to satisfactory performance. We particularly encourage applications from all members of society including from diverse backgrounds, to retain a balanced and diverse Council.
Person Specification/Selection Criteria
We are looking for people with: 
  • experience in organisations or activities involved in the trading or manufacture of articles of precious metals such as jewellery, antiques or associated retailing. 

Organisation description

The British Hallmarking Council’s role is to:
  • work with the Assay Offices and Trading Standards to ensure that hallmarking law is enforced. 
  • creating regulations to help the Assay Offices (the official UK bodies who test the purity of precious metals) in their work and to help the UK jewellery trade grow. 
  • maintaining the high standards of the UK's hallmarking facilities. 
  • monitoring the work of the UK Assay Offices and their established sub-offices (including any sub-offices offshore). 
  • advise the Secretary of State with respect to all matters concerning the due execution of the Hallmarking Act 1973 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.

Board composition

Current members of the British Hallmarking Council are:
  • Noel Hunter (Chair) 
Appointees from the Department for Business and Trade
  • Ken Daly 
  • Patrick Fuller 
  • Joanna Hardy
  • Rachel Holloway
  • Sarah Langley
  • Fakir Osman
  • Gay Penfold
  • Isobel Pollock-Hulf
  • Vanessa Sharp
Assay Office Representatives
  • Annie Warburton (London)
  • Charles Turner (Sheffield)
  • Simon Meddings (Birmingham)
  • Gary Wroe (Birmingham) 
  • Tom Murray (Edinburgh)
Co-opted members:
  • Matthew Sibley 
  • John Stirling 

Regulation of appointment

This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website.

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • 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; 
  • 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 criteria

  • 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.

Application and selection process

How to apply

In order to apply you will need to create an account or sign in.
Once you are logged into your account, click on 'apply for this role' and follow the on-screen instructions. 
To apply, all candidates are required to provide:
  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV) which provides your contact details, details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any relevant publications or awards;
  • a supporting statement (no longer than two pages) setting out how you meet the criteria for appointment, as set out in the person specification for the role. Please note that the Supporting Statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • equality information
  • information relating to any outside interests or reputational issues
We will ask you to check and confirm your personal details to ensure your application is accurate.
You will also have the opportunity to make a reasonable adjustment request or apply under the disability confident scheme before you submit your application.
Application guidance
Please ensure your CV includes:
  • Your full name, title, contact number and your personal email address.
  • Maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 Arial black font, setting out your career history in chronological order, and including the dates you occupied these roles.
  • Does not include any information can identify children or any of your Sensitive Personal Data.
Guidance on Supporting Statement format:
  • The supporting Supporting Statement is your opportunity to demonstrate to the Advisory Assessment Panel how you can demonstrated the skills and experience outlined.
  • Please provide subheading and separate paragraphs in relation to how you meet each criterion.
  • Write all acronyms in full when first used.
  • Ensure your full name and the title of the post are clearly noted at the top of your Supporting Statement.
  • The maximum page limit for your Supporting Statement is two sides A4, minimum 11 Arial font black.
  • Does not include any information that can identify children or any of your Sensitive Personal Data.
The Advisory Assessment Panel reserves the right to only consider applications that contain all of the elements listed above, and that arrive before the published deadline for applications.

Overview of the application process

Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.
The assessment process
  1. Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department. As a result, they must be consulted at every stage of the appointments process.
  2. An Advisory Assessment Panel (“Panel”) is appointed by Ministers to assist them in their decision making. The role of the Panel is to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.
  3. At the shortlisting meeting the Panel will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and decide which candidates have best met the criteria, who should be recommended for interview. Ministers will then be consulted on the Panel’s recommended shortlist. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme and you meet all the essential criteria, then you will also be invited for an interview.
  4. Once the shortlist has been agreed by Ministers, you will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted. Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview.
  5. The Panel will meet again to interview candidates and determine who is appointable to the role. The Panel may invite you to make a brief presentation at the start of the interview and will go on to question you about your skills and experience, including asking specific questions to assess whether you meet the criteria set out for the post. The Panel will also explore with you any potential conflicts of interest or any other issues arising from your personal and professional history which may impact on an appointment decision.
  6. Details of the panel’s assessment of interviewed candidates are provided to Ministers, including whether they have judged a candidate to be appointable to the role. It is then for Ministers to determine merit and decide who should be appointed. In some circumstances, Ministers may choose not to appoint any candidates and re-run the competition.
  7. Ministers may choose to meet with candidates before deciding the outcome. Candidates should therefore be prepared for a short time gap between interview and a final appointment decision being made. Candidates who have been interviewed will be kept informed of progress.
  8. Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application, including whom they may approach for feedback. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.
Further information about appointments, including tips on applying, can be found on our guidance pages on

Advisory Assessment Panel (AAP)

The members of the Advisory Assessment Panel will be: 
  • Noel Hunter OBE (Chair, British Hallmarking Council)
  • Craig Watson (Deputy Director, Department for Business and Trade) (PANEL CHAIR)
  • Independent Panel Member: Debbie Gillatt CBE
Advisory Assessment Panels (AAP) are chosen by ministers to assist them in their decision-making. These include a departmental official and an independent member. For competitions recruiting non-executive members of a board (apart from the Chair), the panel will usually include a representative from the public body concerned.
AAP’s perform a number of functions, including agreeing an assessment strategy with ministers, undertaking sifting, carrying out interviews in line with the advertised criteria and deciding objectively who meets the published selection criteria for the role before recommending to ministers which candidates they find appointable. It is then for the minister to decide who to appoint to the role.

Eligibility criteria

In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.
There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.
The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards.
You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:
  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);
  • have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;
  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.
When you apply, you should declare if:
  • you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this.
  • you are subject to a current police investigation.
You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points.
When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below). 
If you need further advice, please contact Max Conway, Campaign Manager, Public Appointments Team, DBT at

Security clearance

The successful candidate will be required to undertake Baseline Personnel Security Standard checks in line with the Civil Service guidelines. Additional Security Clearance may also be required for certain roles. However, where this applies, candidates will be notified during the appointment process. Further information on National Security Vetting can be found on the website here.

Additional information for candidates

Equality and diversity

We encourage applications from talented individuals from all backgrounds and across the whole of the United Kingdom. Boards of public bodies are most effective when they reflect the diversity of views of the society they serve and this is an important part of the Government’s levelling up agenda.
We collect data about applicants’ characteristics and backgrounds, including information about people’s educational and professional backgrounds, so that we can make sure we are attracting a broad range of people to these roles and that our selection processes are fair for everyone. Without this information, it makes it difficult to see if our outreach is working, if the application process is having an unfair impact on certain groups and whether changes are making a positive difference.
When you submit your application, your responses are collected by the Cabinet Office and the government department(s) managing your application. The data is used to produce management information about the diversity of applicants. You can select “prefer not to say” to any question you do not wish to answer. The information you provide will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel who review applications against the advertised criteria and conduct interviews.

Disability confident

We are a member of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. We use the Disability Confident scheme symbol, along with other like-minded employers, to show our commitment to good practice in employing people with a disability. The scheme helps recruit and retain disabled people. 
As part of implementing the scheme, we guarantee an interview for anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role, set out in the advert, and who has asked that their application is considered under the scheme. Indicating that you wish your application to be considered under the scheme will in no way prejudice your application. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as set out in the job-advert.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to select if you would like your application considered under this scheme.

Reasonable adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to make sure applicants with disabilities, physical or mental health conditions, or other needs are not substantially disadvantaged when applying for public appointments. This can include changing the recruitment process to enable people who wish to apply to do so.
Some examples of common changes are:
  • ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
  • making adaptations to interview locations;
  • allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
  • giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
  • allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
  • making provision for support animals to attend.
When you apply you will have the opportunity to request reasonable adjustments to the application process.

Principles of public life

Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life. These are:
  1. Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
  2. Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  3. Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  4. Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  5. Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  6. Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
  7. Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Code of conduct for board members

The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards. In support of this, all non-executive board members of UK public bodies must abide by the principles set out in the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. The Code sets out the standards expected from those who serve on the boards of UK public bodies and will form part of your terms and conditions of appointment.

Management of outside interests and consideration of reputational issues

Holders of public office are expected to adhere and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life and the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies. Before you apply you should consider carefully: 
  • any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government; 
  • any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or public statements that you have made; 
  • and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported; 
which may call into question your ability to do the role you are applying for.
You will need to answer relevant questions in relation to these points when making an application. Many conflicts of interest can be satisfactorily resolved and declaring a potential conflict does not prevent you from being interviewed. If you are shortlisted for an interview, the panel will discuss any potential conflicts with you during that interview, including any proposals you may have to mitigate them and record that in their advice to ministers. Alongside your own declaration, we will conduct appropriate checks, as part of which we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This may include searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. The successful candidate(s) may be required to give up any conflicting interests and their other business and financial interests may be published in line with organisational policies. 
Details of declared political activity will be published when the appointment is announced, as required by the Governance Code (political activity is not a bar to appointment, but must be declared).

Status of appointment

As this is an office holder appointment, you will not become a member of the Civil Service. You will not be subject to the provisions of employment law.

Appointment and tenure of office

Appointments are for the term set out in this advert, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term, at the discretion of Ministers.  Any re-appointment is subject to satisfactory annual appraisals of performance during the first term in the post. There is no automatic presumption of reappointment; each case should be considered on its own merits, taking into account a number of factors including, but not restricted to, the diversity of the current board and its balance of skills and experience. In most cases, the total time served in post will not exceed more than two terms or ten years in any one post. 

Remuneration, allowances and abatement

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.

Pension and redundancy

This is an office holder appointment and does not attract any benefits under any Civil Service Pension Scheme. You will not be eligible for redundancy pay as you are not an employee. No other arrangements have been made for compensation upon the end of your term of appointment because an office holder who is appointed for a limited duration would have no expectation of serving beyond that period.

Application feedback

We will notify you of the status of your application. We regret that we are only able to offer detailed feedback to candidates who have been unsuccessful at the interview stage.

How to complain

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy.
Please contact the Max Conway in the DBT Public Appointments team in the first instance if you would like to make a complaint regarding your application at They will acknowledge your complaint upon receipt and respond within 15 working days.

How to complain to Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA)

If you are not content with the appointing department’s response you may wish to further complain to the Commissioner at information on how the Commissioner handles complaints can be found on the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ website

Data protection

The Cabinet Office will use your data in line with our privacy policy.
You can also access the Department for Business and Trade's public appointments privacy notice

Contact details

If you have any questions about about the role or in general please email Max Conway at