Michael is the current Assay Master and Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, a position he has held since January 1999. Michael has worked in the jewellery industry ever since 1973 when he graduated from Cambridge.
During his career Michael has worked for small and large, public and private companies, and has extensive experience of both selling and buying jewellery. He joined The Birmingham Assay Office from Signet Group Plc. where he had been Buying Director for H. Samuel for fourteen years.
Under Michael’s leadership The Birmingham Assay Office is becoming an increasingly dynamic business, focused entirely on the needs of the jewellery, silver and watch industries. In addition to its statutory duties, The Birmingham Assay Office now offers a wide portfolio of services which include precious metal analysis, nickel testing, AnchorCert diamond certification and SafeGuard jewellery valuations. Michael is Vice President of the newly formed CIBJO Precious Metals Commission and an active supporter of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices.