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 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


With a corporate leadership background in marketing and digital technology Amanda has also been quietly supporting the Abbeys team with improved computing 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. Amanda also provides business consulting services through her company Quickspace, assisting organisations to effectively manage the challenges of growth and change.

Debra Zammit

Finance & Accounts

Debra's main role is to keep the accounts and documents behind the scenes at Abbeys in good order. You'll often see Debra in reception on Thursdays as we prepare the weekly Auction catalogue. In her time away from Abbeys Debra enjoys working in her country garden and house renovating.

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 leads our estate services team with her expert coordination of all activities, making sure that our clients assets are managed swiftly and professionally.

Tom Farrelly

Box Hill Auction Manager &
Motor Vehicles specialist

Tom is passionate about cars and brings experience in motor vehicle sales to the Abbeys team. He coordinates all aspects of the auction of motor vehicles at Abbeys, from arranging collection and preparing cars for sale right through to ensuring that all of the paperwork is correctly completed. If you're interested in knowing more about any the vehicles for auction at Abbeys then Tom is here to assist.

Charlotte Whiteoak

Box Hill Front of house

Charlotte manages our office and reception area and is often who you will speak to when calling our business, booking in an appraisal or having furniture collected and delivered. Charlotte aims to ensure all Abbeys buyers and sellers needs are met with a positive outlook. With extensive history in customer service and the travel industry having worked in a number of different countries, Charlotte delivers a professional experience with a smile 🙂 .

Deon Ashfield

Auctionroom coordinator & Auctioneer


Deon has a diverse background and his depth of practical experience in different fields makes him ideally suited to his role managing the stock and coordination in our Box Hill Auction room. It’s here that most of the stock arrives at Abbeys, often including the weird and the unusual. There is not much he hasn’t seen so he can readily advise buyers and sellers on their items. Deon also leads the webcast team ensuring our weekly live online auctions are broadcast onto the net.

Nam Nguyen

Abbeys Burwood operations 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 Burwood. His responsibilities include providing front of house services to clients arriving at Burwood, coordinating logistics and stock movements and preparation of the Monthly Unclaimed Goods online auction and the six-weekly specialist Collectables and Classics auctions.