Novice Auctioneer of the Year

NAVA Propertymark 
Novice Auctioneer of the Year

9 October 2019
Chateau Impney Hotel


For all auctioneers and valuers starting their careers, the NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year is the most important event in the calendar for budding auctioneers.

The competition involves a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate possible occurrences in the saleroom and to test the entrant’s skill, knowledge and presence on the rostrum. The premise makes for a highly anticipated and exciting event where budding auctioneers are whittled down to a final round which takes place at the Gala Dinner later that day.




The competition is open to all auctioneers that meet one of the following criteria:

Your first auction must have taken place after
31 September 2018


You have been on the rostrum for less than
four auctions in total

If you meet the criteria make sure you enter, if not then please share these details with any friends or colleagues that may be interested in entering.


All competition entrants receive:

  • Complimentary accommodation on the night of the competition
  • Free entry to the NAVA Propertymark Autumn Forum that takes place the next day

The overall winner gets:

  • the highly regarded title of 'NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year'
  • the Clive Emson Auction Trophy Rosebowl
  • a year's NAVA Propertymark membership subscription
  • a £250 donation to a charity of your choice

Deadline for entries is 27 September.



Alex Willis


Alex Willis 
After working in the sports science industry since graduating, Alex joined the Hilditch Group looking for a new challenge. Hilditch are renowned for medical and catering asset management across Europe; working closely with both the NHS and private sectors. Alex is quickly finding his feet in the world of auctioneering.

David Henwood


David Henwood 
Since graduating from University in 2010 David has always worked in the auction industry and has extensive experience of selling land and property right across the South of England. Currently working as an Auction Valuer for Clive Emson Auctioneers out of their West Country office, he is passionate about helping clients achieve the best possible result for their property.

marino costi


Marino Costi 
Marino Costi is an Auction Valuer at Phillip Arnold Auctions. He began his career in Estate Agency in 2007 and worked on both the lettings and sales sides of the industry, before starting his own business. Once he had established himself successfully within the Estate Agency industry, he decided to turn to auctioneering to increase his knowledge and enhance his career as a total property expert.

Neil Nixon


Neil Nixon 
Since completing his BA (Hons) Fine Arts Valuation degree in 2005 Neil has worked within the auction industry. Starting his career at Brightwells Auctioneers & Valuers, moving on to work at Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood before working at ATG for 8 years. Neil now works for CAGP as a European Operations Manager.

Rachel Boothroyd


Rachel Boothroyd 
Rachel is a junior cataloguer and auctioneer at an auction house in Somerset. Her particular interests are early 20th century jewellery and lace. In her spare time, she is studying as a gemmologist and diamond grader. Rachel has worked in auction houses for three and a half years and is absolutely loving it.

Morgan Lee


Morgan Lee 
Morgan started with SDL Auctions back in July 2018. He focuses his work on the North West on and began fully dealing with the area at the start of October. Auctions are a great way to sell your property with the security of the sale, the speed at which a sale can go through and completed ensure it's a smooth transaction.

Chris Theocharides


Chris Theocharides 
Chris studied Real Estate at Birmingham City University and has worked in property ever since. He originally worked at a cost consultancy firm based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter valuing affordable housing units, after which he managed commercial industrial properties for a company based in Cannock where. Prior to joining SDL Auctions, he was a senior valuer at Connells.

Mark Robertson


Mark Robertson 
After 20 years with Justerini & Brooks, Emirates Airlines and Goedhuis & Co, Mark Robertson joined the Dreweatts Wine department as a consultant in 2017. At the forefront of the rapidly evolving fine wine trade, Mark has bought and sold some of the most important private and corporate wine collections in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia.

Charlotte Schelling


Charlotte Schelling 
Originally from the Netherlands, Charlotte joined the Sculpture and Works of Art Department at Dreweatts last year after completing her MPhil in History of Art at the University of Cambridge. Charlotte has catalogued a range of collections, from early metalware to contemporary sculpture, and took her first auction in June.

Meet the Judges

Richard Auterac

Richard Auterac

Richard is probably the best-known professional auctioneer and commentator on the UK commercial property auction and private investor markets having overseen the sale of more than £6bn of individual property assets. 

Richard lewis

Richard Lewis

Richard is the chief operating officer for ATG Media. He joined their executive team in 2010 after ten years in senior management positions in international publishing and event management.

David Sandeman

David Sandeman

David, a qualified barrister, began his career acquiring London properties for redevelopment. Many of the properties were acquired at auction giving David valuable experience in property investment.

Debs Latham

Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2018

After winning the Clive Emson Rosebowl, Debs said:

"I'm thrilled to have won. I love what I do and I’m incredibly passionate about it and it was great to get the chance to show this to the audience, and my peers.

"The competition was exciting, nerve-racking and exhilarating, all rolled into one! I guess it was the fear of the unknown. I knew there was going to be people planted in the audience to trip us up, but I just didn't know quite what to expect. Being from a property background, it was a challenge having to auction chattels lots, as it was all new to me. 

"Winning also illustrates that although it's a novice competition, it doesn't just have to be for the younger people. I proved that you can succeed at any age, and regardless of gender. 

"Knowing that in the final I was auctioning for real in aid of the charity Pilgrims Hospices, with real money and real bidders was fantastic. I could have stood up there all night. 

"I also really enjoyed meeting people from other aspects of auctioneering, and making friends. It was nice to learn from each other, and I think I'll definitely keep in touch with some of the people I met." 


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