Meet The Team
liza machan BA(Hons)
Public Relations Executive,
and 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.
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.
Life-long numismatist, John Salder is the President of the Ipswich Numismatic Society, and author of several books regarding the comprehensive output of the Ipswich Mint, plus earlier works. Since 2003, John has been valuing and cataloguing ancient and hammered coins for Lockdales, as well as stamps and other collectables. Available by appointment, John has strong links with the local metal-detecting community.
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 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.
Militaria & Collectables Expert
& Auction Manager
James has worked for Lockdales for over 20 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 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.
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.
Photography Manager &
Callum started at Lockdales as a temporary auction porter and has now become a lynchpin of our team. Having barely held a camera before assisting Liza, Cal now runs the photography department. Organised and unflappable, Callum is our go-to' oracle of all pre and post saleroom knowledge. Talented ex-winger for Woodbridge Town FC, he now spends his spare time in the Gym.
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.
"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 our preparational, actual and post-auctions procedures.
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
With hands-on versatility, Jude is a valuable all-rounder. Often out with the team on Valuation Roadshows & Antiques Fairs, Jude's technical skills in computer cabling, lighting and sound systems are always being called upon.
Photographer & Technician
Master of post-auction packing and posting, Mikey also looks after leaflet distribution and general mail. Keen footballer, Mikey is a Striker and self-proclaimed 'prolific scorer' for local teams Claydon A and Rushmere & Diamonds!
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.