novice auctioneer

Novice Auctioneer of the Year

9 October 2019 | Chateau Impney Hotel, Droitwich Spa

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.

There are only 12 competition spaces available and the deadline for entries is Friday 13 September. However spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis so it's better to submit your entry early.

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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

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Debs Latham

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." 


If you have any questions about this event please contact our events team.



01926 417 783

The Novice Auctioneer of the Year is sponsored by:

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