Meet The Team

john sadler


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.

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.

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.

Daniel Daley

Founder & Managing Director

From an early age, Dan had 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. At 16, whilst studying at college and, later, having 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

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 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.

liza machan BA(Hons)

Public Relations Executive,

and PA to Daniel Daley  

Before joining Lockdales in 2016, Liza worked as a freelancer in the world of photography and graphic design for over 20 years.

She oversees the photography department and has now become responsible for all digital and printed marketing and PR. She splits her time between the office and travelling around the UK with the Valuation Roadshows team.

callum sinclair

Photography Manager &

Saleroom Co-ordinator

Callum started at Lockdales as a temporary auction porter. Three years later, he has become a lynchpin of our team. Having barely held a camera before assisting Liza, he is now our main photographer. Organised and unflappable, Callum is our 'Go-To' oracle of all pre and post saleroom knowledge. A talented footballer, Callum is a winger for Woodbridge Town FC 

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 our preparational, actual and post-auctions procedures.

the admin team

Lizzie Shaw

Business Development Manager

Scott Falteisek BA(Hons) Accounts & Admin: Scott has been with Lockdales for over fifteen years. Sometimes out with the team on Valuation Day Roadshows, Scott is an unbeatable quiz virtuoso.


Michael Warne

Postal administrator

Master of post-auction packing and posting, Mikey also looks after leaflet distribution and general mail.

auction porters

Carlos Edwards

Better know to most wearing an expensive pair of football boots, Carlos is our ground floor speed & muscle!

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



Jude Machan

Saturdays and part-time employee, Jude also helps out on auction weekends and antiques fairs.

His technical skills in computer cabling and sound systems are always being called on. Jude is a full-time A-level student and drummer of Framlingham based band 'Salvador'.

Get in touch

Lockdales Auctioneers

52 Barrack Square

Martlesham Heath



Tel. 01473 627110

Opening Times: 

Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm

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