The Royal Mint’s Chief Executive Officer awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list
Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, has been awarded a CBE for services to industry and the finance sector in the New Year Honours List.
The list is approved by His Majesty King Charles III and celebrates individuals whose contribution to society, their industry or community has had a positive impact on the UK. Anne was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2018 - becoming the first female in 1,100 years to hold the title.
Over the last 18 months Anne has led The Royal Mint through one of the biggest changes to British coins in 70 years – overseeing the meticulous design and craft of King Charles III’s official coinage. This included unveiling the first coin portrait of The King, a special commemorative set for the Coronation and eight new ‘definitive’ designs which reflect His Majesty’s passion for conservation and the natural world.
While ensuring The Royal Mint delivered its constitutional duty to the nation, Anne has also remained focused on transforming the business for the future. As part of a five-year strategy, The Royal Mint has evolved into a successful portfolio business, underpinned by a commitment to becoming a leader in sustainable precious metals.
Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, said: “Being awarded a CBE is a huge honour and highlights the commitment and talent of everyone at The Royal Mint. By delivering the official coinage of King Charles III we have played our part in history and marked an important moment for the nation.
“I feel a tremendous sense of pride in leading Britain’s oldest business, ensuring we honour our heritage whilst building The Royal Mint of the future. We’re committed to being a leader in sustainable precious metals, putting The Royal Mint at the forefront of the UK’s circular economy and championing British manufacturing.”
The transformation of The Royal Mint:
- 2018: Opens a new historic coin division, enabling customers to source and validate their historic coins via The Royal Mint’s expert team.
- 2020: Launches a gold backed ETC on the London Exchange in partnership with Hanetf. ‘The Royal Mint Responsibly Sourced Physical Gold ETC’ is now listed across several countries.
- 2022: Unveiled a luxury new jewellery division called ‘886 by The Royal Mint’ in honour of the company’s symbolic founding date. The business champions British Craftsmanship and uses an array of sustainably soured precious metals.
- 2022: Unveils the first official coin portrait of King Charles III.
- 2023: Announced £17.7 million operating profit and third consecutive year of profitability driven entirely by Consumer facing divisions – offering precious metals investment, collectibles and historic coins.
- 2024: The Royal Mint is set to open a pioneering new plant to recover precious metals from UK electronic waste.
About Anne Jessopp:
Since joining The Royal Mint in 2008, Anne Jessopp has held several positions on the Board, including HR Director and Director of Consumer, before stepping into the role of CEO in 2018.
Spearheading the transformation of one of the UK’s oldest businesses, Anne’s leadership of The Royal Mint has seen her introduce an ambitious new five-year strategy to continue to grow the consumer facing divisions, helping to safeguard the business and employment for the future.
With British craftsmanship at its heart, The Royal Mint has successfully expanded to include a number of portfolio businesses: precious metals investment products, collector services division, and a visitor attraction as well as a successful commemorative coin business.
Anne has significant experience in leading cultural change, manufacture and growing new businesses, which was gained at some of the UK’s biggest firms, including Procter and Gamble, RAC and Rolls-Royce.