Tim Slattery - National President

Tim is a director and co-owner of Slattery Asset Advisory and Slattery Auctions Australia operating nationally with offices located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle and Perth.  Tim has worked in the auction and valuations industry for the past 8 years however he has had exposure to auctions and valuations for more than 2 decades through the family business.

Tim joined the Slattery team after spending a number of years working as a solicitor for the law firm Freehills in their Sydney equity capital markets, finance and energy and resources teams. Tim has also previously worked, among other roles, for Time Warner in Hong Kong and as an adviser to an Australian Senator.

In addition to his experience in running auctions and the management of an industrial auction house, Tim brings to the board legal and corporate governance expertise having previously held directorships with a range of not for profit organisations.

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Jane Raffan - National Vice-President

Jane has considerable experience working within both national and international Fine Art auction houses. This is combined with broad knowledge, expertise and aptitudes developed in her professional career in the corporate and public fine art sectors. Her accomplishments include balancing academic skills, creative insight and innovation with maturity of judgment, strong managerial qualities and excellent analytical capabilities.

Jane is adaptable and works effectively in changing environments, while providing leadership, motivation and collegial support to ensure visions and long range goals are met. Her aim as a director of the AVAA is to advance the profile of the Association, the industry and its members at large, and in particular, those members working in the arts sector.


Phillip Thomas - National Treasurer

Phillip has many years experience working within the Fine Art and general auction industry, most recently as owner and principal of Raffan Kelaher & Thomas auctioneers. As a long-standing member and director of the AVAA, Phillip brings a wealth of industry knowledge and commitment to maintaining high standards and ethical behaviour within the industry.


Geoffrey Eaton – Director

Geoff has over twenty years of experience as an auctioneer and valuer, particularly in the areas of insolvency and recovery. A long-terrm director, Geoff has also served as National President of the AVAA and is committed to representation of the Association in matters of government policy an legislative changes. Geoff combines his educational training qualifications with a passion for improving professional standards through the development and provision of industry training and education.


Sam Hunter – Director

Sam has been with the Manheim business for over 15 years and has held many senior positions within the company. Sam initially started as an auction coordinator before progressing into National Account Management for their OEM clients.  Other roles have included Dealer Manager and Assistant General Manager before being promoted to NSW General Manager, which he held for over 3 years. Sam became Director of Operations in 2017 and is an integral part of Manheim's Executive Leadership team. Sam is also an accomplished automotive auctioneer and won Manheim's Auctioneer of the Year award in 2016. 

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John Matthews – Director

John is currently employed at Manheim Brisbane and he has been continuously employed in the motor vehicle auction industry in Brisbane since August, 1980. Nineteen years at Brisbane Motor Auctions as a valuer and auctioneer and previous to that eighteen years at Central Auto Auctions. He has been continuously conducting weekly live auctions continuously since 1983. His areas of specialty are motor cars, light commercials, motor cycles and the like. John brings to the AVAA many years of hands on knowledge of conducting live auctions on a large scale on a regular basis.

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David Jeffs – Director

Having worked at a managerial level for over 20 years David has knowledge and expertise ranging from academic abilities through to analytical, forward thinking and innovative planning concepts. Specialising in earthmoving and civil equipment he has over 30 years working history from an operation and sellers standpoint to his current role as a valuer.

David brings to the board a fresh approach and a West Australian perspective and his aim is to have the auction and valuation sectors regarded in the same light as the insolvency and banking sectors. It is his belief that, in particular, the valuation industry needs to improve the value it puts on its own work and ensure that the education levels and standards of valuers are up to a very high standard and fees are in line with that quality.

David aims to work with the board to increase awareness and value to the industry while assisting in the board’s long term goals and strategies.


John Leeson – Director

John has been a valuer/auctioneer for approximately 30 years over which time he has obtained a great deal of knowledge, both professionally and personally. He has been a mentor to junior valuers and assists other valuers wherever possible.

As a longstanding Director of a number of private companies, John has a sound understanding of the compliance requirements of Directorship/Board Membership and Risk Management, and is a keen supporter of continuing professional development.

John brings to the AVAA enthusiasm and passion to assist its members and the profile of the industry, particularly through education and the continuation of professional development to create an environment which supports its members in all aspects, both professionally and on a personal level.

Daniel Mehegan– Director

Daniel conducted his first auction at the age of 18, having just completed his Cert IV in Agriculture, which was excellent grounding for his future vocation as a Stock and Station Agent and freelance Auctioneer. Daniel has Auctioneer Accreditation in Real Estate and Stock & Station and freelances in NSW and Victoria. He also conducts regular antiques, collectables and machinery auctions. He keeps a sharp edge by regularly competing in Auctioneer competitions. 

Daniel brings to the AVAA a long line of family history within the Auctioneering industry with his late Great Uncle Bill Goldson and his father Danny both prominent Auctioneers, and it is here that Daniel learnt his craft. 

Daniel has always been a strong advocate for the Auction system and in his role as AVAA Director he will continue to promote the integrity of the profession. 

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