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."

WHO ARE WE
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.

WHAT WE DO
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 atGoldsmiths' Hall.

THE CRAFTSMANSHIP & DESIGN AWARDS
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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The Chairman: Peter Crump

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council has appointed a new Chairman for the next two years – Peter Crump is the MD of renowned UK jewellery design and manufacturing company, Vipa Designs.

Taking over from retiring Chairman Andy Putland, Peter is excited to commence his new role and put plans into place to develop the Council’s work and ambitions further, continuing its excellent collective work to extend the reach, profile and effectiveness of its annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.

Speaking of his new appointment, Peter said: “Wow! What an honour to be Chairman of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council. This is a fabulous industry, and to be asked to lead an organisation that consistently supports, promotes, rewards and celebrates the very best of creative design, fine craftsmanship and talent is a rare privilege indeed. I look forward to building on the great work done by past chairmen, leading the Council to even greater heights.”

The Council, whose members are drawn from the UK jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades, expressed its gratitude to Andy Putland, who remains as a Council member and Trustee, for his enthusiasm, vision and ambition over the past two years.

Peter’s appointment coincides with his celebration of 40 years’ since founding Vipa Designs, based in Melton Mowbray. Vipa manufactures, supports and offers valuable services to other jewellery businesses including both designer makers and retailers, and has been at the forefront of the ethical making movement for over 15 years.

Peter also gives his time to the trade by serving on the Education Committee of the National Association of Jewellers, as well as judging on the Birmingham Jewellery School Design for Industry Panel.

Council Members 2019/20

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.

ROYAL PATRON

HRH Princess Michael of Kent

CHAIRMAN

Peter Crump

VICE CHAIR

Kathryn Bishop

HONORARY TREASURER

Bill Dewhurst 

CONSULTANT


Brian Hill

ASSISTANT CONSULTANT

Alma Geller

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Jennifer Bloy
William Cheshire
Frank Cooper
Mark Gartrell
Stephen Goldsmith


Graham Hamilton 
Gordon Hamme
Robin Kyte
David McCaul
Katie Morris 


Andy Putland
Anne-Marie Reeves
Jos Skeates
Peter Taylor
Roger Taylor


AMBASSADORS

We are proud to have Stephen Webster, Shaun Leane, Leo de VroomenTheo Fennell & Brett Payne 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.
 

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