Meet the Team
Joseph Staines – Saleroom Manager & Auctioneer - Islington
Joe joined the Criterion Islington team in a junior role during 2006. He has spent the years since working his way through the ranks. Joe has consigned and valued thousands of items for Criterion and is known for his accurate understanding of the market. Now the Saleroom Manager & Auctioneer at Islington, Joe oversees all functions of the auction house as well as taking the rostrum when required.
Chris Kirkham – Valuations Manager - West London
After graduating with a degree in Economics, Chris worked at Christies initially as a porter then as a trainee valuer. A few years later, he decided to start his own antiques business as well as working with an auction house as a violin specialist consultant. Alongside violins, his personal interest has always been Oriental Art. Chris began working for Criterion in 2013 as a cataloguer for specialist sales and has since moved into his current position overseeing valuations at our West London office.
Briony Harford - Specialist Valuer & Auctioneer
Briony joined Criterion in June 2015 as an Art Specialist and has since also moved onto the rostrum as an Auctioneer. Briony has previously had her own artwork exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery and used as National Standard for Grade A in her college years. She attained her BA in Art History at the University of Nottingham, before acquiring her MA in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art specialising in ceramics, furniture, Modern Art and Old Masters, for which she received a scholarship. Briony has previously worked in leading art galleries as an art consultant and other London auction houses as the Paintings Specialist.
Toby Roberts – Valuer & Assistant Manager - Islington
Toby began working in auction houses as a teenager and he has since worked for a number of notable London auction houses amassing 15 years of experience. Toby has a BA Hons degree in Fine Arts Valuation. Now 6 years into his career with Criterion, Toby assists in the managing of the saleroom at Islington as well as undertaking valuations.