Gareth Jones (MNAVA) - Director

Portrait of Gareth Jones, Director of A&G

Gareth is a proven business development specialist with a distinguished and multi award-winning career in property spanning two decades. During this time he established two estate agency firms, County Homes and Red Hot Property, developed dominant market share and won several prestigious industry awards for his creative and stand-out achievements.

He has worked across a wide geographical area, having personal involvement with a diverse client base and a broad range of property styles, locations and values.

Gareth is naturally very client focused, innovative and forward thinking. He has a depth of knowledge in land and property matters, covering both residential and commercial sales, auctions and lettings. He is also experienced in Business Transfers and is always delighted to assist in specific confidential sales for clients.

He studied Economics & Business at University and is also qualified via the NAEA for estate agency work and via NAVA for auction practices.

Gareth carries huge drive and energy and enjoys the opportunity to develop efficient and effective business platforms. His personal career highlights have included a variety of business development activities, creative marketing campaigns, features within television-based property programmes and sponsorship involvement with community-based organisations.

Julian Thomson (MRICS & ASFAV)- Director

Portrait of Julian Thomson, Director of A&G

Julian is a highly regarded and prominent Auctioneer with over 35 years of impressive experience. Throughout his distinguished career, he has conducted some 1500 auctions, selling an extensive variety of lots, which range from antiques and property, through to machinery and classic cars.

His first introduction to auction houses was back in the early 1970’s, when he was taken, as a child, by his art-loving parents. From these early visits he developed a keen interest in the auction world. He started working for A&G's sister company, Anderson & Garland in the 1980’s, whilst studying for his professional exams. After qualifying in the early 1990’s, he then worked for Bonhams in London as a general valuer and auctioneer in their busy Valuations Department.

Julian is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Fine Arts Division) and The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars. His personal involvement in property includes particular interest in the buy-to-let investment market.

His career highlights have included noteworthy sales for the Duke & Duchess of Northumberland and for Durham Cathedral, as well as achieving a world record sale of £280,000 for a rare Rene Lalique Vase.

Fred Wryey-Birch (ASFAV) - Director

Portrait of Fred Wryley-Birch, Director of A&G

Fred was educated locally at Mowden Hall School before attending Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire. After working for a large independent Auction firm in Scotland, he joined Anderson & Garland in 2007 and quickly established himself as an accomplished and highly respected Auctioneer and Valuer. In addition, his knowledge and understanding of modern technology was instrumental in him identifying the need for, and then implementing ‘live and timed’ auction sales for Anderson & Garland back in 2009. Subsequently he has continued to work closely with our systems providers, ensuring our bespoke platform remains at the cutting edge for our clients.

Whilst Fred holds a keen interest in older and character property, as an Auctioneer he has also developed a specialist knowledge of Silver, Jewellery, Collectables and Militaria and is currently studying for his Gemmological Association qualifications and is an Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.

Fred has been involved with the sale of a number of noteworthy collections and individual lots; however, a specific career highlight was when he oversaw the auction of a large collection of Newcastle United memorabilia, which went under the hammer to support The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.