The NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2018 has been awarded to Debs Latham of SDL Auctions, the fourth time in a row that a woman has won the competition.
Debs takes the prestigious Auctioneer of the Year title from last year’s winner Georgina Hilton, a novice auctioneer at Christie’s in London.
Debs joined SDL Auctions in 2018 following a career as a civilian and military air traffic controller.
The fiercely contested, high-octane competition was sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers and Essential Information Group and was held at the Cambridge Belfry.
12 contestants started the competition to auction a diverse range of five auction lots designed to challenge, encourage creativity and simulate the sort of lots that they would come up against in real-life auctions.
The judging panel included Clive Emson, Richard Madley and David Sandeman. Runners up were Lucy Gregory of Dreweatts Auctioneers and Nick Maddocks of Gibbins Richards.
Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark CEO said, “A fantastic and exhilarating experience for bidders and competitors alike. The value of the experience for novice auctioneers speaks for itself as previous winners and runners up have gone on to grow within auctioneering. Well done to everyone who took part.”
Debs, with blonde hair and in a black dress, is in the centre of the photo of all the finalists.