James grew up in a Devon rectory and became
a professional auctioneer after reading Medieval & Modern
Languages at Oxford. Specialising in British Empire countries,
James worked previously for both Harmers and Phillips and
joined with Andrew Claridge and Nick Mansell to found Grosvenor
Auctions in 1997. Among many collecting fields, James has
special interests in the Falkland Islands and Anglo-Zulu War.
He is married with two children and lives in South West France,
travelling regularly to London.
Nick was first introduced to stamps at an
early age with a collection from an elderly relative and he has
been a professional philatelist now for over 35 years. He began
dealing whilst in his teens in the Midlands and joined first in
business with his father, Norman, who is still well remembered
around the auction houses. His knowledge of commercial trading
has been invaluable in the establishment and everyday business
of the company. His own collecting interests focus on classic
British Commonwealth. When not in London, Nick may be found in
Sussex with his wife and cats.
Glyn joined HR Harmer in 1965 where he was
a describer until 1976 specialising in Foreign Countries. He
subsequently joined Argyll Etkin Ltd, researching postal
history and pricing stock, and in 1986 became a senior
describer for Phillips (later Bonhams). He has a wife and five
daughters and he enjoys spending time in Spain.
Director, Office & Accounts Manager
Chris Lawrence was raised as a Leeds Loiner
returning to the city to study accountancy after reading
Economics at Sheffield University. Deserting Yorkshire he
travelled and worked for many years around Europe and Asia.
Chris joined Northamber the computer wholesaler spending
thirteen years with the company before being tempted to leave
and join Grosvenor in 2002 to run the office.
Charles worked as a botanist for fourteen
years in Cambridge after graduating from university in 1973. He
then entered the philatelic trade in 1989, joining Stanley
Gibbons Auctions in 1990. He subsequently joined Phillips
(later Bonhams) in 1992 as a describer and valuer, responsible
for cataloguing Great Britain, British Commonwealth and Foreign
countries, and travelling throughout the country and overseas
looking at collections and conducting valuation days, before
leaving to join Grosvenor.
Charles lives in Cambridge, and has two
sons. He adds further strength to the already impressive team
at Grosvenor Auctions.
Andrew joined the Grosvenor team in 2009 to
run the publishing studio and producing the Great Britain
catalogues. Andrew is now part of the describing team and
enjoys the challenge of researching new areas and expanding his
Andrew lives in Hertfordshire with his
partner and daughters. His various interests include; rugby,
fencing and the history and coinage of imperial Rome.
Nick has been at Grosvenor since March
2009. Previous to that he had worked with the Civil Service for
near 20 Years. As Auction Administrator it is Nick’s
responsibility to manage clients material from consignment to
dispatch including preparing all lots for viewing.
Nick’s philatelic interests are Hong Kong,
the Treaty port of Wei Hai Wei, Thailand and Philippines.
Grosvenor in 2012 after graduating from the University of Kent
with a degree in history. He is an integral part of the front
office team and is responsible for a range of client services
as well as producing the the scans for the
Tom lives in
london and loves any philatelic item larger than A4
Andrew is a
leading expert in the field of Great Britain stamps and postal
history. In his capacity as a member and director of the B.P.A.
Expert Committee, as well as through his business partnership
with Andrew Lajer, Andrew finds his advice in great demand from
collectors. In the spare time that he has been able to find,
Andrew has travelled widely, often to parts of the world where
he has been able to pursue his interests as a qualified
David Boyd started his philatelic career
with Robson Lowe in 1958. In 1972 he was appointed Manager of
the International Fine Art and Antique Auctioneers – Phillips,
Son & Neale. Although the company had a tradition of stamp
auctions, the department was run down. David turned the
department around and within three years he was appointed to
the main Board where he served for 24 years. He secured many
great collections for sale including the fabulous studies of
Norway and Italian States formed by Baron Alphonse Rothschild.
David served as Chairman of the Philatelic Traders Society and
Chairman of Stampex each for two years. He is an honorary
member of the Philatelic Traders Society and the Royal
Philatelic Society, London. Among his collecting interests are
flown propaganda leaflets.
Married for 50 years, he has two daughters
and he and his wife Pat enjoy walking, cycling and travelling.
He is a keen bird watcher and President of the Redmon Cycling
Stuart Billington joined Grosvenor in 2005,
as a part time consultant having previously been head of
department at Philips (later Bonham’s) between 1999 and 2005.
With Phillips and Bonham’s he spent much time travelling, about
50,000 a miles a year. As part of the Grosvenor team Stuart
spends most of his time visiting clients and carrying out
valuations. Stuart’s main areas of interest are in the
Commonwealth, China and Egypt.
Stuart owns a farm in Devon where his wife
runs an organic vegetable business
Tristan Brittan joined Grosvenor in January
2005. His interest in stamps started in the early 1970s when he
was given a large packet of Malayan stamps. After finishing
school in Wokingham he went to work for Stanley Gibbons,
gaining a useful knowledge of Commonwealth and GB including
Postal History. After leaving Stanley Gibbons he worked with
various dealers to widen his experience, and travelled
frequently to Hong Kong where he developed an extensive
knowledge of Asian philately.
Peter’s interest started at an early stage
and continued through the stages of stamp club trading, part
time dealing, to 20 years as a full time dealer in all things
Peter was employed in the international
steamship trade for over 30 years . He has represented
Grosvenor for the last 3 years, previously having been a
consultant for both Philips and Bonhams arranging and
participating in many valuation days in Eastern Canada.
Born in Epsom, Peter emigrated to Canada at
age 19. He is married for 48 years, has 4 children, 2 boys and
2 girls, and 8 grandchildren.