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Matthew Parkin

Head of Department

Matthew joined us following a series of senior roles at Alfa Romeo, Volvo and as a Director of the Morgan Motor Company. An enthusiastic competitor at VSCC events for many years, he has an eclectic collection of some fourteen cars, from a 1921 Vauxhall 30/98 to a 1966 MGB GT. Eleven of these are currently on the road – its probably enough he says. In 2018, Matthew was appointed as the Head of Department, responsible for managing the day to day running of the business.

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Toby Service

Auction Operations Manager

Since the first sale of Classic and Vintage Cars at Brightwells in 2005, Toby has played a crucial role in the development of the department, now managing five sales a year at the Leominster office. He is one of the classic and vintage car auctioneers at Brightwells and has a keen interest in the business growing and developing further.

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James Dennison

Classic & Vintage Auction Consultant

A lifelong classic car fanatic, James joined us in 2006 & has owned over 80 classics to date, his current stable including a 1961 Lancia Flaminia GT, a 1972 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Saloon and a constantly rotating stock of Porsche 928s to which he admits a guilty addiction. Currently struggling to contain an obsession to own a Maserati 3500GT, he is always hurling money at ill-advised restoration projects which only put his dreams of Maserati ownership further beyond reach with every passing day.

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Will Daniels

Modern Classics Auction Consultant

Will joined us in January 2016, to help us launch and build our new venture into the auctions of the next generation of Modern Classic Cars.

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Stewart Rich

Classic & Vintage Auction Consultant

A retired international sidecar racer and now intrepid competitor in VSCC events, Stewart brings a wealth of knowledge on both pre-and post-war machinery. Many of you already know him as the recently retired VSCC Light Car Competition Secretary. If you were wondering what he was going to do with all that spare time – well now you know! Welcome on board Stewart.

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Nigel Mainard

Classic & Vintage Auction Consultant

A classic car enthusiast from early childhood, Nigel has always had interesting cars on his drive; Mini Coopers & Cooper S’, Porsche’, Scimitar and 2CVs. More recently, he has graduated towards Jaguars, enjoying driving Mk2s and E-types to many events throughout the UK and Continent. As a former professional classical musician, he always knows when a car is ‘in tune’ – an essential skill for a Brightwells consigner!

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Robert Ellis

Classic & Vintage Auction Consultant

A former full-time Competition Secretary of the VSCC, Robert has been active in club & historic motor sport since the 1970s. With wide-ranging motoring tastes, if not pedalling his chain-gang Frazer Nash, or navigating on a rally somewhere, he’ll probably be found fettling one of his worryingly burgeoning collection of Frogeye Sprites, or his wife’s Austin 7 saloon, (bought at a Brightwells sale of course!)

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Emma Morgan

Emma Morgan


Emma provides full time support and help to staff and customers in the Classic Motoring departments.

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Richard Binnersley

Joint Managing Director, BSc Hons (AgricEcon)

Richard joined Brightwells from University in 1992, originally employed in the team that was establishing and developing our 4x4 Auction Business. After promotion to Auctioneer and then Associate a couple of years later, Richard later became General Manager of the Vehicle Department in 2001. In 2007, he joined the Board of Directors, with a responsibility of reporting in marketing and IT. In January 2014, he became Joint Managing Director.