James Pickup Joins the Sworders Board of Directors

James Pickup Joins the Sworders Board of Directors

We are delighted to announce that James Pickup has been appointed to the Sworders Board of Directors, stepping up to his new role on the 1st January 2022. James’ appointment brings the total number of Board Directors up to five.

1 March 2022

James Pickup Joins Board of Directors 

James joined the business in 2015, running the fortnightly Homes & Interiors sales for three years before moving up to take the reins of the Fine Interiors department. He has since overseen the transformation of this quarterly flagship sale, developing it, and shaping it into a curated, interior design led operation.

His passion for presentation has seen him enhance Sworders’ industry-leading catalogues, and many of the new initiatives that he and his team have rolled out have filtered through to other departments.

James’ breadth of experience places him in good stead to excel in his new role. Speaking with him, he states “having been with Sworders for a number of years, tasked with growing and enhancing individual sales, I am now looking forward to working on new initiatives on a wider level and contributing my skills to progress the company as a whole”.

James will maintain his position as Head of Fine Interiors alongside his Directorship, to continue the strategic development of these sales.

In a statement from Sworders’ Managing Director Paul Martin, he quotes “the pace of change in our industry continues to increase, led by technology, and the way in which we present ourselves to our audiences is becoming ever more critical.  Sworders will be concentrating efforts in this area in the coming months and years, and James’ input will be of great importance”.

James hopes that through his appointment he can help maintain Sworders position as one of the most forward-thinking and progressive auction houses in the country, stating “we have an incredible team here, and I see huge potential for continued growth, particularly in terms of our online presence”.

We all wish him the very best of luck in his new venture.





Recent News


John Cobb  |  Furniture Fit For a King

A fine commode, believed to be by John Cobb (1715-1778), arguably one of England's greatest furniture makers, comes up for sale in Dick Turpin | The Legend Lives On to be held on 25 January.

7 December 2023

Tales in Thread | The Hildegard Heygate Textiles Collection

Sworders are pleased to present a selection of antique and vintage textiles in our December Fine Interiors sale, including items from the collection of the late Hildegard Heygate.

4 December 2023

Grand Plans | Emma Barnett, Head of Homes & Interiors

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Emma Barnett has been appointed as Head of Department with responsibility for the future development of our Homes and Interiors sales – Emma has been with Sworders for some time, but as she now moves into this pivotal role, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce her to you.

30 November 2023



Get Sworders News