The Team

Hugh Farrelly

Managing Director, Auctioneer & Valuer

Hugh will often be your first point of contact if you are looking to manage an estate. He will work with you to develop the best solution for your estate needs, whether it be the valuation and management of contents or the arrangement of other services to prepare a property for sale. You will also usually see Hugh on the auction podium or assisting buyers on Auction Day. Hugh has a broad experience managing national retail businesses such as Priceline, House and Spotlight. In 2011, Hugh and partner Amanda took a step out of the corporate sector to acquire the Abbeys Auctions business. Hugh is passionate about delivering our customers the highest level of professional service at Abbeys Auctions. He believes that buying and selling at auction should be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone.

David West

Auctioneer & Valuer


With more than 35 years experience in Auctioneering and Valuing, David is an absolute expert in the field. He oversees the daily operations at Abbeys and works closely with both buyers and sellers to ensure they achieve their Auction goals. David also spends time each week visiting clients at their homes, providing expert valuations and advice.

Amanda Brook


Amanda leads the Abbeys Group services team including the recently acquired Classic Moves relocation management business. With a corporate leadership background in marketing and digital technology Amanda has also been quietly supporting the Abbeys team with strong digital capability including Live online bidding for our weekly auctions. You will also see her on Auction days helping buyers and supporting our other team members. When away from Abbeys, Amanda is a Director of the Box Hill Institute and CAE, a board member of the Victorian TAFE Association and a Director of Leadership Victoria. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Debra DeVercelli

Finance, Payroll & Accounts

Debra's main role is to keep the administration behind the scenes at Abbeys in good order. She is responsible for payroll and accounts and ensures that our vendors get paid and our finances run smoothly.

Melinda Jeffrey

Estate Services Manager

Abbeys provides a broad range of estate management services to solicitors and trustees companies and executors as well as to private individuals who may be downsizing, moving or dealing with large amounts of household possessions. Melinda coordinates our estate services team with her expert arrangement of all activities, making sure that our clients assets are managed swiftly and professionally.

Tom Farrelly

Auction Manager &
Motor Vehicles specialist

Tom is our Auction Manager, who looks after the many moving parts needed to produce multiple auctions every week. In addition to managing the Abbeys Burwood auction operations, Tom is passionate about cars and brings experience in motor vehicle sales to the Abbeys team. If you're interested in knowing more about any the vehicles for auction at Abbeys then Tom is here to assist.

Nam Nguyen

Front of House Coordinator


Nam has worked across all parts of Abbeys including our Estate Services, which gives him a great basis for coordinating the day to day operations at Abbeys Front of House. His responsibilities include providing front of house services to clients arriving at the auction room. Nam is often who you will speak to when calling our business, booking in an appraisal or having furniture collected and delivered and he aims to ensure all Abbeys buyers and sellers needs are met.