The Birmingham Assay office has announced the election of four new Guardians of the Standard of Wrought Plate in Birmingham that includes Petro Nicolaides .
The other new Guardians are: Carla Goodfellow, 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.
Primarily, their role is to preserve and protect the Birmingham Assay Office.
Birmingham Assay Office was founded in 1773 to provide assaying (testing) and hallmarking of precious metal items (gold, silver, platinum and palladium) as required by the Hallmarking Act.
It has been a centre of expert opinion and independent assessment of jewellery and precious metals for nearly 250 years.
During recent decades it has expanded its services far beyond its statutory assaying and hallmarking duties to include Diamond, Gemstone & Pearl Certification, Jewellery, Watch and Silverware Valuations, non-precious metal testing, product safety and quality assurance testing as well as educational training and consultancy.
Petro Nicolaides is the CEO of the f-t Group whose activities include Commercial & Financial Consultancy, Property Development, Property Investment & Retail Enterprise. He holds an MBA from BCU, where he serves as a Visiting Professor. In June 2017 he was appointed as Special Adviser to the Mayor of the West Midlands and was appointed as Chairman of the Bid to revive the Birmingham Super Prix, using electric vehicles. He Chairs the award-winning supplementary school, The Greek School of Apostolos Andreas, Chairs the Cypriot War Memorial Trust, is Trustee of two further charities, a governor of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital & Arden Academy School.
Nicolaides said: “I am both humbled & 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 and that Birmingham has in its heart. I am excited to play my part in assisting the Assay Office to evolve and continue to lead our precious Jewellery industry”.
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.
Petro Nicolaides was born in Birmingham , his father was born in Kato Kopia, his mother was born in Birmingham her Father was born in Vavatsinia and came to England in 1938 and her mother was from Vavla. Both Petros parents live in Vavla where his father is the priest.