Novice Auctioneer of the Year

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Novice Auctioneer of the Year

David Henwood wins Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2019


Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcement

The 2020 NAVA Propertymark Autumn Forum and Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition have been postponed until at least spring 2021.

This was a difficult decision to make but with so much uncertainty around how long we will be asked to stay in our homes by the Government, we feel this was the correct decision to make.

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.

On 9 October 2019, nine novice auctioneers took to the rostrum for a chance to be crowned NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year and to claim the coveted Clive Emson Auctioneer's Rosebowl.

In the afternoon, all nine competitors took part in a simulated auction designed to test their skill with a range for most was outside their specialist areas. These lots included an Engel vertical moulding machine, a Merlo rough terrain telescopic handler, a red telephone box, a detached seafront chalet in Essex, and a freehold parcel of land situated in Kearsley, with guide prices between £1,500 to £65,000. 

After the first round the three judges, David Sandeman from Essential Information Group, experienced commercial property auctioneer, Richard Auterac and Auction Technology Group's Richard Lewis selected the three finalists to would take to the rostrum for real during the annual gala dinner.

Each of our finalists auctioned off a single lot for charity raising £1,100 which has been donated to Centrepoint UK, a charity working to provide practical support tackling youth homelessness. Before the judges decided our champion. 

Dave Henwood

David Henwood was crowned our champion after a fiercely fought competition. He is currently working as an Auction Valuer for Clive Emson Auctioneers out of their West Country office and is passionate about helping clients achieve the best possible result for their property.

Speaking after his win, David said: 

"I’m thrilled to have won such a prestigious competition particularly given the very high standard of my competitors. I felt nervous prior to the competition but once on the rostrum I found my rhythm and really enjoyed the experience. I hope this competition is the first step in a long career as an auctioneer.

“I felt particularly privileged to be in the final and to raise money for the Centrepoint charity. They do some amazing work helping young people who are homeless and the amount of money that was raised in the final was amazing.

“To anyone who is considering a career in auctioneering I would strongly recommend entering the NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition. It has provided me with a realistic experience of standing on the rostrum but in a very supportive environment.”




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.

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. Before joining SDL Auctions, he was a senior valuer at Connells.

Thank you to all of the competitors that took part

The competition would be nothing without the brilliant novice auctioneers that take to the rostrum each year.

The competition always unveils some fantastic auctioneers in the making, and this year's competition was no different.

Thank you to all of those that took part and we hope this competition provides a stepping-stone for you to further develop your career in the industry.

Be the first to hear about the 2020 competition

The Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2020 will be open to all auctioneers that either took to the rostrum for the first time after 31 September 2019 or have been on the rostrum less than four times in total before the competition date. 

If you think that you meet these criteria or know some potential candidates, register your interest with our events to make sure that you're one of the first to hear about it when registration for 2020 opens.


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