BOARD OF TRUSTEES (voluntary)
Angus McFadyen, Chair
Angus is an award-winning silversmith who specialises in hand engraving and inlaying techniques. He is a member of Contemporary British Silversmiths and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and has work in the V&A and Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths collections. He teaches for the Hand Engravers Association, as well as regularly demonstrating at industry events.
Alan Craxford, Vice-chair
Alan is a contemporary jeweller with over 40 years experience working in the field. He uses hand engraving to create intricate, light-reflecting patterns on the surface of his work that really brings the piece alive. Alan organised the Paperweight Project for the Hand Engravers Association, a wonderful record of engraving examples by Association members.
Duncan Baird-Murray, Secretary
Duncan is the Director of Guill and Stephenson Ltd engravers. He began his training on a pre-apprenticeship course at the Sir John Cass School of Art in 1976. From there he went on to do a full apprenticeship with Guill and Stevenson, hand engravers of Hatton Garden, London, eventually taking over the company in 1982.
Guill and Stephenson Ltd has many wide and varied commissions, from coats of arms to jewellery and one-off pieces. Notable work includes the Formula One trophy cup and the Sports Personality of the Year trophy.
Tim Roberts, Treasurer
Tim is the Assistant to the Director of Finance at The Goldsmiths’ Company. Educated at Cass Business School, he is honorary treasurer at Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council. With his experience of charity governance Tim has been invaluable in helping the Association become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Phil is an award-winning enameller who designs and creates individual pieces in silver and gold, specialising in champlevé enamelling. Phil has exhibited his work both in the UK and across the world. He is the winner of the prestigious Jacques Cartier Memorial Award, as well as being awarded Freedom of the Goldsmiths’ Company and of the City of London. He has won various Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards for enamelling and finished pieces.
Griselda is an independent consultant working in the arts and wider educational and charitable sectors. She currently works as an exhibition curator as well as a fundraiser and development consultant for a wide range of organisations. Over several decades she held senior posts at the Canada House Gallery in London, as Director of the Trust at the Royal Academy of Arts and Director of Development at both the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Sadler’s Wells. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the board of a number of arts charities.
Lucy first started engraving while studying for a jewellery manufacture diploma in Hatton Garden, and went on to do an engraving apprenticeship with prestigious gun makers Holland and Holland. Here she was given training in scrollwork, portraiture, carving and lettering on both precious metals and steel. She went on to win Commendation, Silver and Gold awards in the Junior Engraving category of the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards. She now works for Holland and Holland full time.
Rodney J Rigby
Rodney has supplied and engraved signet rings, cuff links, blazer buttons, ceremonial swords and commemorative pieces for monarchs, princes, heads of state and Hollywood movie stars since the 1970s. His business is based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, where he offers clients the very finest in hand engraving, bespoke jewellery creation and restoration. He is Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths.
Chris is the founder of the Hand Engravers Association. He has a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, working as Jeremy Isaac’s deputy at Thames Television in the largest department in British television. His film The Sun is God about Turner was nominated for a BAFTA. He moved to the Independent Broadcasting Authority in 1983 and was instrumental in many of the major changes to UK television, including the introduction of Channel 4, breakfast TV, independent producers, the major increase in local programmes, satellite TV and Channel 5.
He has also served as president of the Media Society, founded The One World Broadcasting Trust, and is a member of BAFTA. He has an honorary doctorate from London Guildhall University for services to broadcasting.
Thanks to his tireless campaigning, the Association is able to keep in touch with key members of government to ensure that the craft of hand engraving and the need for apprenticeships remains front and centre in policy making decisions.