Our Team

James Grinter

James Grinter – Managing Director

James has more than 30 years experience as an auctioneer – his extensive knowledge covers a variety of subjects including Royal memorabilia, furniture, oriental ceramics, weapons, militaria and classic cars. James regularly gives talks and writes articles on antiques. He is a specialist advisor on BBC Radio Essex and an expert valuer for the BBC ‘Flog It’ programme.

Chris Leeson BSc DipTP MRICS – Director & Company Secretary

Chris is a chartered surveyor with 27 years experience in general practice. He deals with the Official Receiver for whom we are the agents for Essex and Suffolk which includes the sale of vehicles and liquidated stock. He is also responsible for the Property auctions and Lettings Department.

Marc Winter MRICS – Associate Director

Marc has 15 years experience as an auctioneer and valuer and is head of our Valuations department. He has an excellent general knowledge and specialises in jewellery, English porcelain and furniture. He qualified in the Fine Art Division of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with a distinction and has a Jewellers’ Diploma. He is also an expert valuer for the BBC ‘Flog It’ programme.

Jonathan Benson – Auctioneer & Valuer

Jonathan is a highly accomplished auctioneer and specialises in pictures, silver, taxidermy and field sports memorabilia.

Timothy  Medhurst – Auctioneer & Valuer

Timothy is our coin and bank note Specialist and has a passion for Antiques and Collectables. He is also the winner of  Antiques Young Gun of the Trade Award 2013, aswell as being a regular advisor on BBC Radio Essex.


Michael Bowles – Collectables Specialist

Michael has over 30 years experience and an extensive knowledge of stamps, postcards, cigarette cards, toys and ephemera. He is a regular adviser of BBC Radio Essex and also an expert valuer for the BBC ‘Flog It’ programme.

Robert Putt – Antiques & Fine Art Consultant

Robert has over 45 years experience in the profession and a wealth of knowledge of Antiques and Fine Art.


Geoffery Carr BA(Hons) – Fine Art Valuation

Geoffery is our silver specialist. He was a member of the British Hallmarking Council. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a registered Silversmith in his own right.


Ian Brightwell – Saleroom Manager

Ian has been with us for 14 years and is responsible for our General Sales and has a wide general knowledge.

David Sexton – Head Porter

Alex Reade – Porter

Jean Futcher – Head of Accounts

Pauline Pattison – Administrator


 Janet Cannon - Administrator


 Jenny Croxon - Administrator


 Michelle Lloyd - Personal Assistant to the Directors

Judy Vaughan – Housekeeping & Catering