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Meet The Team

Daniel Daley

Founder & Managing Director

From an early age, Dan showed a keen interest in history and coins. He started collecting coins when he was just seven years old after digging up an 1862 halfpenny in his parents' garden. He progressed to buying coins at auctions, which he then sold on to local dealers. Whilst studying at college and later with a full-time job, Dan bought and sold coins as a hobby. He became a full-time coin dealer at 28, and with just £400 and a collection of old pennies started what today has become Lockdales.

Carly Simmons-Sadler, General Manager at Suffolk auction house Lockdales

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General Manager

Carly has worked for Lockdales since 1998. During this time she has held various roles, which have given her a full understanding of all aspects of the business. As Lockdales' General Manager, she is an experienced administrator and passionate about delivering excellent customer service. Carly is well known to Lockdales' clients worldwide.


james sadler

Militaria & Collectables Expert

& Auction Manager

James has worked for Lockdales for 27 years, and in the industry for over 30 years, during which time he has amassed expertise second to none! Medals & Militaria, Stamps, Postcards, Cigarette-Cards, and Football Programmes are his key areas of knowledge. His passion is history and the research of new and exciting finds that come to auction.

James is available by appointment.

Sharna Simmons, second auctioneer at Suffolk aucton house Lockdales

sharna simmons BA(Hons)
 Admin & 2nd Auctioneer

Sharna is Lockdales' Second Auctioneer, well known to bidders on Militaria, Stamps and Cards, as well as a relief auctioneer at the Fine Sale auctions. She also organises Lockdales' Valuation Day Roadshow events, in addition to general administration. Sharna is a well
known local singer and performer in musical theatre.

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liza machan BA(Hons)

Head of Public Relations & Design.

& Executive PA to Daniel Daley  

WIth over twenty years as a Freelance Designer and Photographer, Liza joined Lockdales in 2016 and has evolved from running the photography department to overseeing all digital and printed marketing and Public Relations. She splits her time between the office and travelling around the UK with our Valuation Roadshows and Antiques Fairs.

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chris elmy BA(Hons)


Advertising & Publishing

Having collected coins since childhood, Chris joined Lockdales in 2003 after graduating from the University of Northampton. Chris's role involves cataloguing and photographing coins, as well as desktop publishing and advertising. Currently the Chairman of the Ipswich Numismatic Society, he has helped produce several books, websites and other resources for the coin collecting world.

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lizzie shaw

Business Development Manager

Lizzie joined the Lockdales team in September 2020. With extensive experience managing large business operations, Lizzie focuses on improving systems and processes to ensure the best possible experience for our customers and staff. A keen sports enthusiast, Lizzie is Captain of Easton Ladies Cricket Team and an avid supporter of Ipswich Town FC.


alan mcilwain

Antiques Cataloguer

& Valuer

Alan began his career at the age of 13, when he started a comics and annuals business, which he sold in 2008 when taking his first job at a Cotswolds' auction house. He joined Lockdales in 2015. In charge of the Fine Sale, Alan is a familiar face at Lockdales' Valuation Day events, getting items consigned and catalogued for auction. Reserve auctioneer on sale days, Alan has a particular expertise in books, fountain pens and toys.

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katherine daley

Auction Coordinator

"Chip-off-the-block" Katherine, joined the family business in June 2019 after returning to Suffolk from Cambridge where she had been working as an Assistant Store Manager.

With spitfire dynamism, Katherine keeps a tight-ship on the multifarious elements of pre- and post-auction procedures. After some convincing she effortlessly graced our celebratory 200th auction front cover draped in a pricey lot of emeralds and diamonds! (above)


callum sinclair
Saleroom Manager

Callum started at Lockdales as a temporary auction porter and has now become a lynch-pin of our growing team. Organised and unflappable, Callum is our go-to' oracle of all pre and post saleroom knowledge. Talented winger for Woodbridge Town FC, he now spends his spare time in the Gym.


jude machan
Head of Retail

In light of Lockdales' expanding events diary, Jude having briefly escaped Suffolk for London has been cajoled back! He now manages and attends our stands at the numerous antiques fairs in and around the UK. 

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luke simmons
Head Porter

Towering above the rest of us and hence known as The Skyscraper in his darts league, Luke completed his apprenticeship here at Lockdales and we are delighted to announce he has decided to stay with us as a full-time employee

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MOLLie Townes

Mollie joined our busy photography department in summer 2021 helping to take the thousands of  photographs of all the lots for the online and printed auction catalogues. A keen horse rider, Mollie likes to spend her spare time with her two horses, Buster & Heather.


Cataloguing & General Assistant

Alex has recently joined Lockdales and his duties include coin sorting, Ebay listing, and assisting at roadshows. His specialist field of knowledge is coins / numismatics.

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Scott Falteisek BA(Hons)

Accounts & Administration

Scott has been with Lockdales for over fifteen years. Sometimes out with the team on Valuation Day Roadshows, Scott is an unbeatable quiz virtuoso.




A builder by trade, John is Lockdales' resident handyman and driver.


Assistant Photographer

Currently studying for his A-Levels, Bohden plays for Easton Cricket Club and won Fielder of the Year 2023.

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