The NAVA Propertymark Autumn Forum is the UK’s primary event for professional valuers and auctioneers and continues to grow every year. More than 120 valuers, auctioneers and industry specialists working in both chattels and property took attended the 2018 Autumn forum.

The day was packed full of industry leading speakers, including the now prolific Indian Player League auctioneer Richard Madley, and Ivan Macquisten speaking on the importance of lobbying by trade associations to ensure the future health of the British art and antiques market.

Also on hand was Tony Robinson, a veteran of the British Army and Chief Instructor from AR Krav Maga, who gave people hands-on experience in the art of Krav Maga, a self-defence style developed by the Israeli Defense Forces.

One of the highlights of the day was an interactive session, where delegates got hands-on with a selection of Treen. Treen, meaning ‘of the tree’, encompasses all manner of small objects made of wood. These items are often difficult to identify, even for experts, let alone the lay person, as was displayed in Nicholas Somers’ mystery objects handling session.

Delegates were invited to complete a form noting what they thought the items were, when they were made, and what valuation they’d put on it. Nicholas had people guessing on the purpose of these tactile, wood-crafted items right to the end, after which Nicholas gave a talk which covered each item in detail and answered the burning questions that had been on everyone’s lips.

There was an in-depth AML update from Propertymark’s Head of Regulation David Oliver, Louie Burns talked about the thorny subject of leasehold and the role that auctioneers have to play, and cyber security and GDPR expert Duncan Hallgave delegates top tips on complying with the GDPR Regulation.

In the afternoon there was an insightful panel debate where members Nicholas Somers, Colin Young, Joseph Trinder and last year’s Novice Auctioneer of the Year winner Georgina Hilton, were asked to share their wisdom and experience as they pondered the million dollar question that every up and coming auctioneer or valuer would like to know the answer to – ‘If I could tell you one thing ... !”

"One of the best forums I have attended. The organisation and attention to detail was first rate. The final speaker was outstanding making for a fitting end to a very good day."
Peter Worthington MNAVA

“The seminars were far more interesting than the titles conveyed and the content was relevant to the profession and future development. Some valuable CPD”
Richard Payne ANAVA

“Cracking event in easy to get to location near a motorway, near the centre of the country. Lots of useful information.Good, experienced speakers.”
Simon Jones FNAVA


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