Greg Bateman - ASFAV, BEng (Hons) - Managing Director and ValuerGreg took over Batemans in 2011 having worked for six years in the engineering industry, and he manages every aspect of the business. Many will have seen him before as helping in a variety of different roles ever since Batemans held their first auction in the Broad Street saleroom. Greg is particularly fond of Regency and French 18th century furniture, clocks, paintings and vintage wine, in fact it will often be Greg you speak to regarding the sale of any furniture, wine and spirits. He carries out many of the client visits and so is often out and about in Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties. He is always an excellent first point of contact for anyone wishing to use Batemans' services.
Sophie Chapman - BA (First Class Hons) - Senior Valuer
Sophie started at Batemans in 2012 in a part time role and has quickly become an integral member of the valuations team and at Batemans overall. She now manages the Valuations desk full time, dealing with clients both selling and buying, and is able to advise on almost every subject, whether jewellery, ceramics, artworks, collectables or furniture. Having worked previously at Bonhams and Phillips in London she has a great deal of experience, excellent judgement, and is always happy to assist our clients. She has a particular interest in jewellery, militaria (antique arms and armour) and textiles.
Tamsin Kennedy - MA (Hons) - Valuer
Tamsin joined the Batemans Valuations Team in early 2017 after several years as Business Development Manager at Nicholas Mellors Auctioneers. She brings a cheerful as well as hardworking presence to the office and absorbs more antiques knowledge by the day. With a particular 'magpie's' interest in smaller objects of vertu, jewellery, and collectables she is excellent at identifying any items of value during our valuation days. Also responsible for cataloguing silver she is an integral part of our busy auction house and will be pleased to advise our clients on single items and large collections alike.
David Palmer - Auctioneer
Renowned for his colourful waistcoats, David is our regular auctioneer for our monthly Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables sales. His witty auctioneering style makes auction days a true spectacle and great fun for all involved. Having auctioned for Batemans for ten years, he is a long standing and greatly experienced part of the team.
David has also featured as an expert on Flog It! and is available as a freelance auctioneer for charity events. He can be often seen auctioning a wide variety of items at other auction houses and events thoughout the south of England and will always be happy to talk to excited fans or seasoned auction enthusiasts about his many years of selling the weird and wonderful!
Anna Westin - Asian Art Consultant
Anna has been working in the Asian Art world for over twenty years. Having read Chinese art and ceramics at Hong Kong University and later at Uppsala University in Sweden, she has pursued a career in Chinese art via various dealers and auction houses. Starting at Teresa Coleman Fine Art in Hong Kong, specialised in Chinese textiles, she then moved to Stockholm joining Stockholms Auktionsverk, and in 1995 went on to head the Chinese department there. There she found a love of Chinese Export art and mark and period porcelain gleaned from the superb collections to be found in Sweden. She helps auction houses, collectors and private clients all over the UK with valuations for insurance or sale. Her passion is for Transitional blue and white porcelain of the 17th century, together with good white jades and monochrome scholars' wares. Anna has the added advantage of having worked on both the buying and selling side, which gives her an all round view of the market.
Ron Bateman - M.F.A., S.A.T.C., ASFAV - Director and Senior Valuer
With a masters degree in Fine Art and over 40 years in the antiques trade, Ron Bateman is our Senior Valuer and Director at Batemans. His vision in launching our auction house and his charisma, generosity and work ethic has helped Batemans become one of the leading auction houses in the region, selling over 10,000 lots per year. His passions include fine paintings and drawings, books, clocks, objects d'art and pre-18th century furniture as well as portrait miniatures and items of unusual architectural interest. Ron works on the Valuations desk several days a week and also carries out some visits to clients at their own homes. With an impressively broad knowledge, and combined with various specialist areas of interest, his is a hugely experience eye that our clients trust and appreciate.
Kate Bateman - ASFAV, BA (Hons) - Valuer and Director
A founding member with Ron in the company, valuer and Director, Kate is probably the most widely recognised at Batemans due to her regular appearances as an on-screen expert for the popular BBC TV antiques programmes Flog it! and Bargain Hunt. Kate specialises in all things small: pottery and porcelain, jewellery, silver, objects d'art, militaria, stamps and coins, etc. etc. Kate is currently living in America but occasionally flies back to the UK and comes into Batemans to help in the Valuations Office. Early in 2016 she has had her first e-book published, titled 'To Steal a Heart', the first in a series of three. We are sure enthusiasts will enjoy reading this historical romantic novel, combining Kate's love of history and antiques with a captivating plot.