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Meet the team

Introducing our band of friendly and dedicated auction house staff.

Sheryl Anderson

Saleroom Assistant

Sheryl heads up our in-house packing department and has made an instant impact in that area of the business. With a background in catering and hairdressing and interests in baking and crafting, Sheryl has transferred her attention to detail from her out-of-work interests to her role here. This has already led her to be featured in The Antiques Trade Gazette’s letters page with a glowing review of our in-house packing services.

Andy Bowden

Specialist Valuer – Stamps

Our specialist Andy, is a member of the PTS (International Philatelic Traders Society) and has many years experience of handling collections small and large. Like many people, Andy started collecting as a child with help from his parents.
Andy has quickly become a vital member of the team and will hopefully grow the section on the foundations laid by Ken.

Andy is available on Fridays or by appointment

Rowan Hughes

Junior Silver and Jewellery Valuer

Rowan has recently joined us after moving from Glasgow where she gained vital industry experience at a local auction house. She has an MSc in Collecting and Provenance in an International Context from University of Glasgow, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Medieval and Early Modern History from Aberystwyth University.

Rowan has a keen interest in jewellery and silver, especially antique jewellery. However, her interests extend to photography, horse riding and the cultivation of houseplants specifically orchids and carnivorous species.

Rebecca Dixon

Saleroom Assistant

The latest member of the saleroom team, who brings so many strengths to the business. With a talent for photography, she can be found either unpacking items for sale or snapping pictures of them. Always busy, but there is usually laughter heard when Bec’s is around

Luke Driscoll

Saleroom Assistant

Enthusiasm counts for alot in this game and Luke has it in bucket loads. Our job is to tame the proverbial tiger. Luke is currently learning all aspects of the business.

Ewan Duff

Specialist Valuer

Ewan grew up surrounded by antiques and has a specific love for Fine Art. He continued this love beyond his school years, and read Art History at the University of Aberdeen where he obtained a Masters. Ewan’s favourite period of art is Victorian, specifically the vibrantly coloured works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He also has an appreciation for the works produced by the radical Glasgow Boys. Here, at 1818, Ewan will be able to catalogue paintings, imagery, and artwork from all eras.

David Hunter

Auctioneer and Valuer. ANAVA

David will value toys of all eras and has specialist knowledge of railwayana, models and tin plate. David is a busy man running a farm, with a young family (and carer for Ken) as well as his role within 1818. While working closely with Ken on Wines and Spirits, Coins, Militaria and with Andy on Stamps and Postcards.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings

Kev Kendal

Auctioneer and Valuer. FIA (Scot)

Leading the Furniture auction as well as Musical Instruments and Equipment growing both departments in both size and value. When not in 1818 you can catch Kev (The Acoustic Mod) performing his lively set throughout the county sometimes with his talented son Robbie.

Do you have something you’d like me to look at? You can ask me any question about buying and selling musical instruments and equipment, my usual working days are Monday to Thursday lunchtime.

Rob Kerr

Specialist Valuer - Books

Rob has a great understanding of volumes of all types. He provides valuations and catalogues our regular antiquarian rare and collectable books auctions. Even though he is in only one day a week he is loved and respected member of the team with his quiet humour and great work ethic. Rob is available most Tuesdays.

Days: Tuesdays

Andy Langdale

Saleroom Assistant and Valuer

Andy leads the Country Pursuits sales, which he has grown in size and quality. Andy is a large part of the Saleroom team. He’s in charge of receiving goods for auction, keeping them in excellent order prior to sale, and ensuring that they’re sold in the correct sequence. Andy carries out most of our PAT testing.

Andy works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

James Middleton

James is studying all aspects of 1818 business from Admin, Logistics and Finance. He has quickly become a vital and well-respected member of the team. He has a willingness and to learn and develop new skills.

Nic Mitchinson


Nicola, along with Dawn runs the office like a well-oiled machine. She is also the PA to the management team. In her spare time, you can find her ether walking up a steep hill, swimming in very cold lakes and warming up in cosy pubs.

Alison Nelson

Saleroom Assistant

Alison is a vital part of the saleroom team handling hundreds, if not thousands, of lots on a weekly basis. It’s non-stop for the saleroom team as they unpack and display items for sale, take most of the photographs for use on our website and online bidding platform pre-auction, present the saleroom at its best, keep the valuers and auctioneers on track, and oversee lot collection with the admin team. She has taken the lead on our Green sales with an eye for presentation the sale continues to develop

Bill Nelson

Saleroom Manager. FLAA, FIA (Scot), FNAVA

Bill joined 1818 Auctioneers in late 2016 and took up the role of Salesroom Manager around that time. An experienced auctioneer, he says he’s still enjoying learning something new every day. Bill finds it a privilege to lead of such a great team who have grown the business so rapidly over the last eight years

Monday to Thursday

Simon Norfolk

Specialist Valuer – Vinyl and HiFi

Simon takes the lead on our vinyl valuations, particularly on rare pressings and private collections, and catalogues our popular Vinyl & HiFi auctions.
He has a wide and varied knowledge of the music industry and passion for rare vinyl.

Thursday or Friday afternoons by appointment

Dawn O’Sullivan

Office Co-ordinator

Dawn is our Office Co-ordinator and with Nicola they have made the office an efficient and smooth operation. She takes care of all of the administration and has helped reorganise many aspects of the office, helping put new systems in place to deal with the demands of our growing auction business. She can also be VERY FIRM when anyone has not paid within terms

Ken Payne

Specialist Valuer - Coins, Militaria, Wines & Spirits

Ken is our specialist in coins, Fine Wines and Spirits, and Militaria including medals, badges, small arms, and uniforms. A passionate and enthusiastic member of the team, loved by staff and clients alike.

Amy Read

Saleroom Assistant

Amy is a vital part of the saleroom team handling hundreds, if not thousands, of lots on a weekly basis. It’s non-stop for the saleroom team as they unpack and display items for sale, take most of the photographs for use on our website and online bidding platform pre-auction, present the saleroom at its best, keep the valuers and auctioneers on track, and oversee lot collection with the admin team. She also spoils our canine visitors to the saleroom, with doggy treats on hand.

Jackie Rothwell

Specialist Valuer - Jewellery. ANAVA

Jackie leads the Jewellery section cataloguing and valuing the section she has grown over the years. There have been some fantastic results achieved over recent years. Jackie is a keen walker and enjoys travel and good food.

Jackie Rothwell is available on Wednesdays

Lee Scambler

Saleroom Team Leader

Lee coordinates the saleroom team ensuring the smooth running of the operations. He’s always busy receiving goods for auction and organising the collection of goods following each auction’s close. His passion for customer services is a shining example to all.

Anne-Marie Taylor

Saleroom Assistant

Anne-Marie is a vital part of the Saleroom team. Her main role is to unpack and display items for the Antiques, Vintage & Collectables sales. Anne-Marie has traded over the years and has a great depth of knowledge and eclectic taste. She has a great eye for display and is already making an impact within the 1818 Auctioneers team. Anne-Marie is our main window dresser and creates a visual advert every week in the corridor outside of the saleroom.

Simon Thompson

Assistant Manager, Auctioneer & Valuer ASFAV

After 22 years in the industry Simon has found his happy place in 1818. Simon thrives in the environment and takes great pleasure in his role as Assistant manager and mentor. Simon who has a passion for all things of quality resides in Penrith and has a young family who keep him very busy outside of work.

Annia Zalewski


Her main passion is antique textiles, vintage clothing, and accessories. She is also interested in a range of mid-century items including ceramics and anything slightly unusual. She has a great desire to learn and develop her knowledge. One of her greatest strengths is to ask questions to broaden her knowledge.
Annia leads our Textiles auctions and the Antiques, Vintage & Collectables auctions.

Annia is available most Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.