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A Fond Farewell to Paul Whitehead

Published: 27th February 2020

A Fond Farewell to Paul Whitehead

Staff at Sheffield Assay Office bid a fond farewell to Paul Whitehead on Friday 21st February.

Paul has worked at the Sheffield Assay Office since 1989, when the office was located in Portobello Street in the City Centre.

Assay Master, Ashley Carson commented, “We are really sad to be losing Paul, he recently has decided that he wants to make changes in his life and decided to seek new challenges. It was great for the team to get together to say farewell to him today with a celebration buffet lunch.”

Having been an integral part of the growth of the Melt and Assay services that the division offer, Paul is an extremely well-respected member of the team and will be sorely missed.

Sad to leave but excited for what the future holds, Paul said goodbye to the team, "I would like to thank Sheffield Assay Office for such a great opportunity. I’ve learnt so much and have had some amazing experiences. The staff have always been supportive. I’m excited to be moving on to new challenges but I look back on my time at SAO with pride."

We wish Paul every success in his endeavours and have no doubt a fruitful future awaits him.

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

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