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Board of Directors

George Bailey


With over 35 years' experience in the fine art and auction industry, George is best known for his career at Sotheby's as a key member of the firm's European management team and as an exceptional auctioneer.

In March 2013, George launched The Auction Room, an innovative 'on-line only' auction portal, that has enjoyed marked successes with sales of notable collections including Middle Eastern Contemporary art from the Saatchi Gallery and Scottish paintings from the Fleming Collection. The Auction Room will continue to trade as an online auction platform running its own calendar of sales in addition to hosting regular Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and other third party events.


Stephan Ludwig

Chief Executive

An expert in financial risk management and the mysteries of derivatives, Stephan spent 15 years in investment banking at Credit Suisse and Nomura International, where he built international credit-trading businesses and managed capital markets businesses. At 28, Stephan became one of the youngest managing directors in the City. A founding shareholder in Dreweatts, Stephan moved from a non-executive role to taking up the reins as executive chairman in 2007. He negotiated the 2009 co-working agreement with Bloomsbury Auctions and completed the acquisition of the business in 2010.


Giles Hutchinson Smith

Managing Director

Giles first joined the company in 1983 before leaving in 1987 to spend time in America and at Aspreys in London. He re-joined the company in 1993 and became a director of Mallett in 1999.


Peter Floyd


Peter Floyd became a director of Noble following its acquisition in December 2012 of The Fine Art Auction Group, where he had been the chief financial officer and company secretary since 2002. Prior to this, he had a number of senior finance roles in industry and was a partner in the London office of Price Waterhouse. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982.