New chairman for Assay Office

SHEFFIELD Assay Office has appointed Chris Heaton as its new chairman.

Mr Heaton, who was co-opted onto the executive of the Sheffield Assay Office in September 2008, took up the post on January 1, having been a Guardian of the Office since 2009.

He will oversee the strategic development of the organisation.

He said: “Having worked with the office for three years, I’m delighted to be named as chairman of such an historic company.

“The office is a very modern organisation for one of 238 years, and has moved into a variety of avenues to develop with the times. The industry is very much a changing environment but the staff here have shown that they can provide innovative solutions to any issues which arise that the Office is in a position to help with.”

A languages graduate from Durham University, Mr Heaton has had a varied career. As a chartered accountant, he spent six years as a professional trainer in Leeds, Sheffield and London.

Subsequently, he has worked as managing director, chief executive and finance director in a variety of companies across a range of sectors.

He has also sat on the boards of several public and voluntary sector bodies in both Leeds and Sheffield.

Ashley Carson, Assay Master at the Sheffield Assay Office, said, “Chris has done some great work in the three years since he has been here and his expertise and previous experience in assisting businesses through difficult economic times – not only for themselves, but for their respective industries – will prove invaluable as we look to develop the business in new and exciting fields.”