Our People

The Administration Team provides a fast and efficient service.   We ensure that from the point of initial contact to delivery of the valuation, the client’s expectations are met for the agreed fee.
Our key responsibilities are to deliver the valuation within service standards; to ensure valuers provide the information to our team of administrators promptly;  to communicate with clients and introducers about the expected delivery date, making clients aware of any pending delays;  and to supply  the completed valuation documents.


Rachel Doerr

Rachel has worked within the Art & Antiques industry for the last 25 years and over the past ten years she has been responsible for looking after both clients and professional advisors with their valuation needs.

Rachel started her career at Phillips Auctioneers ending as Operations Manager in 2000 before joining another auction house at General Manager.  In 2006 Rachel set up the Valuation Department of Lyon & Turnbull where she was responsible for forging major relationships with Insurance Companies, Brokers, Private Banks, Family Offices, Lawyers and Wealth Managers.  Many of these relationships continue to this day as Service and Communication is what singles Rachel out.

In 2012 Rachel played a major part in a round of investment as part of growing Pall Mall Art Advisors in the UK & European markets working alongside her colleagues in the US under a US Chairman. Unfortunately in 2016 her vision was not fulfilled, the offices were closed.  Rachel with her team and their love for both the industry and their client relationships wanted to continue, so set up Doerr Valuations where we are today. An exciting opportunity with great support from our friends and associated businesses.


Jane Lightfoot – Valuations & Private Client Services Administrator

Jane works as part of the administrative team working closely with the valuers, specialists and clients, reporting to Rachel.   All valuations go under the watchful eye of Jane who has been working with Rachel since 2006 on providing excellent service standard and delivering a beautiful report.

Jane’s experience and diligence ensures our reports go out in a timely manner and you the client is aware of what is going on.



Karen Taylor – British Paintings Specialist

Karen Taylor has been working with paintings and drawings for thirty years. She works as a fine art advisor, advising collectors and museums all over the world on buying, selling, valuation and all areas of collection management.

After graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford where she read history, she joined Sotheby’s British Paintings department where spent nearly ten years. She specialized in topographical and travel pictures and British drawings and watercolours, ultimately becoming responsible for all aspects of business in those areas.

In 1993 she joined Spink’s picture department as a director. Here she expanded her interest in Oriental, Indian and Far Eastern art and also organized exhibitions of twentieth century British paintings, Impressionists and contemporary artists. She also represented Spink at international art fairs in Basel, Maastricht, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore among other places. Karen served on the picture vetting committee of the prestigious of the Grosvenor House Fair, then London’s pre-eminent art and antiques fair.

Based in Sydney for several years, where she renewed her interest in Australian art, Karen headed up Spink Australia before returning to London. Since 2001 she had been running her Fine Art consultancy business, handling paintings and drawings of all schools, typically placing pieces privately. She has worked with many of the world’s major museums

She also acts as a picture consultant and has worked with Rachel since 2011.


Ben Hanly, Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist

Ben is an established contemporary art specialist. He began his career working in the Old Master and 20th Century markets before moving into the contemporary market and has worked in a variety of roles, including gallerist, curator, project director and auction house specialist.  He has developed projects in partnership with such bodies as UBS, Armani, the National Gallery and the Royal College of Art.


Jonathan Meyer FRICS – Furniture specialist and Senior valuer

Jonathan Meyer has worked in the field of fine art and antiques for over 30 years and has wide ranging experience both as a general valuer working across a range of disciplines as well as a specialist in 19th century furniture.

After graduating from Oxford University, he worked for Bonhams, Sotheby’s and The Fine Art Auction Group. Over that period he has been responsible for general valuations and furniture and was head of the 19th Century Furniture Department for Sotheby’s in Europe. He has travelled extensively both in Europe and further afield, lectured in America, Singapore and Taiwan and written numerous articles. He contributed to British furniture 1600-2000, London, 2005 and more recently his seminal work on 19th furniture and decorations Great Exhibitions, London, New York, Paris and Philadelphia, 1851-1900 was published by the Antique Collector’s Club in 2006.

He is a fellow and past chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Fine Arts and Antiques Faculty and was formerly involved with the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers.

Jonathan started working alongside Rachel in 2015.


James Lowe  – Silver, Jewellery and Watch Specialist

James has over 35 years’ experience in the industry and has worked for the Queens jewellers, Garrards, London and enjoyed three years with Garrards in South Africa, buying and selling jewellery onbehalf of their clients.

James is a qualified Fellow (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

James during his career has also worked for both Bonham’s and Sotheby’s in the jewellery departments but enjoys nothing more than working alongside Rachel which he has done since 2009.


Sue Davies-Lloyd – Jewellery and Silver Specialist

Sue Davies-Lloyd, who qualified as a Fellow (FGA) and Diamond (DGA) member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, was born into the antiques world in South Wales as both parents were keen antique dealers. She has been involved with silver and jewellery for over thirty years with some nine years in the retail jewellery trade and just over twenty-six years as a practicing auctioneer and valuer. She was appointed associate director (1994- 2000) and headed the silver and jewellery department of Phillips (now Bonhams) at Chester. More recently she has been working there as a senior silver and jewellery valuer.


Laura Williams, Indian art specialist

Laura Williams has been working as a specialist in the Indian art world for over 20 years. Graduating with a degree in Art History from the School of World Art and Museology at The University of East Anglia she followed this with an MA in World Art and a spent a year in the same school as a Visiting Fellow.

In 2007 she opened the Art Gallery Art 18/21 which holds shows of contemporary art in India. For the past eight years she has attended the Indian Art Fair in Delhi.

Laura acts as the Art Adviser for The South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (The SADACC Trust) which is based in the UK.

Laura has an excellent working relationship with many contemporary artists in India. Her involvement with collection management gives her the advantage of working with the major auction houses, private dealers and public and private museums.  A documentation and authentication service for Modern Indian artworks is available.

Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary Indian Art, Indian Miniatures from antiquity to the present day, Company School paintings and European artists in India. She has curated many exhibitions and has worked with the British Council in Delhi.

Laura has worked with Rachel since early 2015.


Sean McIlroy, Senior General Valuer

Sean and Rachel have worked together since 2006, Sean in the role of Senior General Valuer and Business Development, specialising in Furniture, Works and works of Art.

Previously Head of West Two at Philips Auctioneers, London, Sean is an experienced and fully qualified valuer and has been involved in valuing antiques for over twenty-five years if not thirty. Sean is a graduate in History of Art at Leicester University and trained at Christie’s in London before joining Phillips as a trainee.  Sean is also an auctioneer and is a member of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA).


Andrew Parker – Senior Valuer

Andrew studied at Southampton University, Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers Fine Arts and Chattels.  This was a specific course run by the pre-eminent professional body of the time, intended to train people for entry into the auctioneering and valuing profession.

Andrew has had a passion for Ceramics, Glass and Oriental since an early age, he joined Phillips Auctioneers in Ipswich before moving to Chester to fulfill a Head of Department role in the North of England.  In 2007 Andrew joined Sotheby’s Bond Street, Valuation Department focusing purely on professional valuations for Sotheby’s VIP clients throughout Europe until 2012 when Andrew joined Rachel working at Pall Mall Art Advisors before returning to Sotheby’s Valuation department until early 2016 when he returned to work with Rachel and the team.


Rupert Neelands – Antiquarian Book and Manuscript Specialist

Rupert Neelands began working in books when as a postgraduate student in English at Queen Mary, London.  Having spent two years living and working as an English teacher in Portugal, he joined the Book and Manuscript Department at Christie’s South Kensington in 1983, intending to stay no more than six months.   However, the book field proved such a fascinating one that he continued working for Christie’s until 2016, becoming Head of Department at South Kensington, auctioneer and King Street Director, whilst still continuing as a consultant for the firm.

The valuation of large, long untouched country house libraries has always been of strong appeal, and he has first hand knowledge of many of the country’s great collections.

Cynthia Coleman Sparke – Russian works of art specialist / General Valuer

Cynthia Coleman Sparke is an established Russian works of art specialist with a background in art risk.

Her upbringing periodically spent in Moscow fed her interest in Russian art at Smith College (BA) and later at the Bard Graduate Centre (MA). After running the Russian Department at Christie’s New York, she worked for the Hillwood Museum in Washington DC, The Alexander Palace in St. Petersburg and Chubb Insurance in London as a Senior Appraiser increasing her all round general knowledge of Art and Antiques.   In this role, Cynthia advised HNW clients internationally on home insurance,co-launching the Fine Art Advisory Service for collectors of fine art and other valuables.

Cynthia’s book “Russian Decorative Arts” was published in 2014 by the Antiques Collectors’ Club and she recently joined The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.

David Dallas – Old Master specialist

David Dallas joined Christie’s in 1969, where he was the youngest person in a Technical Department (Old Masters).  He subsequently became deputy head of the Picture Department at Phillips Son and Neale and ended his auctioneering career as International Director (Global Head) of Old Masters at Bonham’s in January 2015.

In between he worked for more than twenty years with Johnny Van Haeften, specialising in Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th Century. He is a specialist in British Landscape Paintings 1750-1850.

He was for many years on the Vetting Committee of the Summer and Winter Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia and Chairman of the Picture Vetting Committee at Grosvenor House Fair and has also been on the vetting committee of Masterpiece.  He is a trustee of the Reading Foundation for Art, a former Chairman of The Friends of Readings Museum and Gallery and an external advisor to the Collections Committee of Eton College.