A name synonymous with the City of London, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths – more commonly known as the Goldsmiths’ Company – is one of the Great XII Livery Companies of the City of London. An eternally evolving company, it received its first royal charter in 1327 and remains a relevant contributor to contemporary national life. The Goldsmiths’ Company is also the first City of London Livery Company to appoint a full-time, permanent, Director of Communications.
Founded to regulate the craft or trade of the goldsmith, the Company also plays a vital role in supporting the precious metals and jewellery crafts and industry; running the Assay Office, funding apprenticeships and assisting with the technical training of aspiring artisans. The Company runs the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair, exhibitions, and other events. Its £17.5m investment in 2007 in creating the Goldsmiths’ Centre, which provides training and workspace to goldsmiths, silversmiths and allied crafts, is testament to the Company’s active role in all aspects of the craft and industry. The Company also supports a wider range of charitable, educational and cultural causes.
The Goldsmiths’ Company is now looking ahead to the celebration in 2027 of the 700th anniversary of its first royal charter, with an ambitious programme of activity, for which a budget of £70 million has been set aside. The first major element of this programme is a pledge of £10 million to a new Museum of London, due to open in 2023.
This publication provides a snapshot of the Company’s charitable giving, with examples of recent grants.
In this dynamic Director of Communications role, you will have overall responsibility for the Communications and Marketing team – the primary focus is on internal, external, and digital communications; with an oversight of events and promotional activity.
A newly created position, this is a unique opportunity for an exceptional communicator with a hands-on flair for developing concepts and seeing them through to fruition. We are looking for an open and collaborative team player, with a high level of emotional intelligence, who can enhance the reputation of the Company’s role as a relevant contributor to national life and supporter of its related trade and crafts.
The role holder will work across the Company and its Committee structure to understand and articulate the Purpose, Values and Goals of the Company. This is particularly relevant at an exciting time in the Company’s history as it looks ahead to the celebration in 2027 of the 700th anniversary of its first royal charter.
The role holder will report directly to The Clerk and will be accountable to the Chair of the Communications & Marketing Committee, forging a strong and collaborative relationship with the Chair of the committee and other relevant stakeholders.