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The Birmingham Assay Office has announced the election of four new Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate. They are Carla Goodfellow, Petro Nicolaides, Rachel Eade and Charles Barwell.

The role of ‘Guardian of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham’ was defined within the 1773 Act of Parliament that created the company we know today as the Birmingham Assay Office. The Guardian’s role is reportedly “to preserve and protect the Birmingham Assay Office”. 

There are 36 elected ‘Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham’, of whom not more than nine or less than six may be connected with the jewellery trade.

Charles Barwell is an experienced company director, adviser and trustee, having advised businesses and families in financial services for almost 30 years. He is a former deputy chair of the CBSO.

Petro Nicolaides is the CEO of the f-t Group whose activities include commercial and financial consultancy, property development, property investment and retail enterprise. He holds an MBA from BCU, where he serves as a visiting professor.

In June 2017, he was appointed special adviser to the mayor of the West Midlands, as well as chairman of the bid to revive the Birmingham Super Prix, using electric vehicles.

Nicolaides said: “I am both humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a Guardian of The Birmingham Assay Office. It is such a special institution that sits in the heart of Birmingham. I am excited to play my part in assisting the Assay Office to evolve and continue to lead our precious Jewellery industry.”

Rachel Eade MBE, has over twenty years’ experience in business support and development, specialising in the automotive and transport manufacturing supply chain. She was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list for services to the automotive industry, and in 2015, she also received the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineers Gold Medal.

Eade has reportedly evolved SME business support and has assisted more than 5000 companies across UK OEMs and Tier 1s/primes, along with more than 250 SME supply networks. 

Eade said: “I am delighted and privileged to support the Birmingham Assay Office as a Guardian both in its consumer protection role and developments for the future.”

Carla Goodfellow, who has been in the jewellery industry for 35 years, eighteen of which working at the Birmingham Assay Office, has recently retired but is reportedly “thrilled to remain in the industry in her new role as a Guardian”.

Goodfellow said: “I am blessed to have been part of this great industry, and I am pleased to be able to continue to support the business with my appointment as Guardian.”

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