Annie Warburton

From Cockpit to the first female Clerk at The Goldsmiths' Company
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Photo: Iona Wolff

The former CEO of Cockpit – an award-winning social enterprise – has been appointed to the role of Clerk and CEO at the Goldsmiths’ Company, becoming the first female Clerk in the Company’s long history (the Company received its first Royal Charter in 1327). In her new role, she will lead the Company towards its 700th Anniversary in 2027, which will celebrate seven centuries of supporting the craft and trade, protecting consumers through testing precious metals and hallmarking, and improving life chances through its work with charity and educational partners – the Company has been supporting apprenticeships since the 14th century.

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A detail from the Goldsmiths' Company's Grant of Arms 1571

A highlight of the craft year, the Goldsmiths' Fair is held every autumn in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall. All of the exhibitors use exceptional handmaking skills to create their pieces, employing age-old techniques that have been passed down over centuries. It is a special opportunity for visitors to buy directly from makers and to discuss their skills, practices and inspirations. The exhibitors are chosen through a rigorous selection process which ensures the highest standards of both materials and craftsmanship – testament to their talent then that three of the female jewellers that we showcase on The Garnered have exhibited there: Disa Allsopp, Jean Scott-Moncrieff and Sia Taylor.