About the Goldsmiths' Craft & Design Council

The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council is a non profit making organisation founded over one hundred years ago in 1908. Today, the Council continues its work from its original remit:

"to encourage, stimulate and promote the pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and design amongst all those in the United Kingdom who work within silvermithing, goldsmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts."
The Council is formed as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), run as a social not for profit enterprise, where all funds are used in the promotion of craftsmanship and design within the industry. The Council is governed by a committee of 21 trade based experts from which a Chairmen/Women and Vice Chairmen/Women are chosen. Council members are recruited through a process of nomination and election through a democratic process, and give their time freely and generously in order to maintain and enhance the Council's work.

The central aim of the Craft & Design Council is to promote excellence in the industry through its prestigious annual awards. The Council's members, elected volunteers, give their time in organising and managing the annual Competition, Awards Ceremony and subsequent Exhibition held at Goldsmiths' Hall.

The Council Awards embrace every aspect of craft and design activity currently being practiced in the UK industry. Diverse and wide ranging, the skill set of British jewellery, goldsmithing, silversmithing and allied trades is showcased annually as part of the Council's unique national competition to which there is no parallel in the UK.

All submissions entered into the competition are judged by skilled and experienced practitioners drawn from their specialist fields of expertise within the profession. Through this process of peer inspection and scrutiny, work is endorsed by professionals to the highest standards and objectives set by the Council, thus validating the status and quality of these awards.

The Council promotes and encourages participation in the competition primarily by its annual exhibitions which showcase high calibre entrant work at Goldsmiths' Hall and The Goldsmiths' Centre.


The Chairman: Jos Skeates

Welcome to the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Awards 2017 and I am delighted to be the Chairman of this incredible competition and organisation. Despite the ever-changing landscape of our industry over the last few years the competition goes from strength to strength. Although the awards evening lasts but a few hours, the rest of the year is busily taken up with planning, promoting and organising this important industry focused event. As well as continued conversations with our supporters and entrants, we have also participated in Assay Office Open Days, held another VIP event at The Goldsmiths' Centre, updated our entrant online application system and launched the 2017 competition at International Jewellery London, Olympia.
I am pleased to say once again we have been provided with a impressive array of work from exceptional designers and makers, showcasing some fantastic skills and disciplines that represent our industry. So what is it really all about and why do we do it? In its simplest form it is an important annual event for UK based designers and makers to compete with each other, showcase their considerable skills and share good practice. The competition was founded on sound principles; to encourage, stimulate and promote excellence in craftsmanship and design. With so many changes and advances to our industry i.e. technology and training, these core objectives continue to be as important and relevant today when the competition first started.

The Council consists of members who are highly skilled in their own fields, whether in education, design or craftsmanship. They freely give their time, experience, support and enthusiasm to make the competition a success year after year. This is also true of our pool of judges who bring their knowledge and expertise to the many different categories that represent the awards. With their insight and guidance we are able to recognise work that is worthy of Council and Patron Awards or if deemed at the absolute pinnacle in their specialist craft, the prestigious 'Jacques Cartier Memorial Award'. We are also ever grateful to our founding Patron, the Goldsmiths Company and all our Patrons, Sponsors and Contributors, who make this amazing competition possible. And finally, our Consultant Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer whose hard work and enthusiasm go far beyond their remits, with their continued support the Awards thrive.

Council Members 2016/17

The elected Council Members generously give their time and the benefit of their expertise to guide the Council in the furtherance of its remit to promote excellence in craftsmanship and design. This continues to encourage and promote the exceptional levels of skill and diversity that constitute a world-class industry in the UK.


HRH Princess Michael of Kent


Jos Skeates


Andrew Putland


Tim Roberts


Brian Hill


Alma Geller


Gaynor Andrews
Kathryn Bishop
Jennifer Bloy
Frank Cooper
Peter Crump
Mark Gartrell

Graham Hamilton
Gordon Hamme
Robin Kyte
David McCaul
Steve Munro
Patrick Needs

Brett Payne
Andrew Putland
Anne-Marie Reeves
Peter Taylor
Roger Taylor
Sam Willoughby


We are proud to have Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane, Leo de Vroomen and Theo Fennell as our Ambassadors. They all positively support the Awards and bring a unique and valuable contribution to the Council.
Ambassador membership is by invitation from the GC&DC, and is open to specific personalities in the Industry whose work, reputation and support would benefit and enhance the standing and status of the Council within the wider community.