Julian Costley Joins Auction Atrium Board

Julian Costley, the former CEO of E*TRADE UK, has been appointed a non-executive director of Auction Atrium (www.auctionatrium.com), the new style of auction house for fine art, antiques and collectables located on Kensington Church Street in Notting Hill, London.

Julian’s appointment completes a board which has recently added Dr. Niccolo Caderni as chairman and two other non-execs: Martin Miller and Gita Patel. Dr Caderni is the former MD of Philips Auctioneers, Martin Miller is best known in the antiques market as the man that published the “Miller’s Antiques Guide” and Gita Patel is a director of StarGate Capital. All have become shareholders.

“Auction Atrium introduces a fresh approach by combining the service and security of a tradition auction house with the convenience and versatility of the internet. It is the ultimate hybrid of the online and offline environments” says founder and managing director Alison Earl Woessner. “So we needed the finest combination of industry expertise, which we found in Niccolo and Martin, financial expertise from Gita, and finally internet and marketing expertise from Julian”.

Julian Costley is an active private investor and adviser to fast growth companies in which technology is one of the key driving forces. He is non-executive chairman of both OmniGlobe Networks inc. in Canada and of Aurora Kendrick James in the UK, and is a former chairman of Inclarity plc. He commented: “Auction Atrium is a fundamentally clever idea that has extraordinary growth potential. It catches the mood of the ‘noughties’ by combining the omnipresence of internet bidding with the reassurance of being able to preview the expert-authenticated lots in the showcase London gallery”.

Julian’s career has spanned both media and technology. He co-founded the all-internet stock broking firm, E*TRADE UK, with venture capitalist Hermann Hauser and together they effected a successful trade sale in 2000. His early career was with Reuters for whom his last role was on assignment as country manager and bureau chief for the Israel, West Bank & Gaza. On return to the UK he ran the TV production company, The Business Television Corporation, which led to his first start-up; his own channel on British Satellite Broadcasting (later BSkyB). His second start-up was the France Telecom owned satellite TV and data communications company, Maxat/Globecast. His third was E*TRADE UK where he was the founding CEO.

Julian is married with four children and divides his time between London and his home in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is a keen sailor, skier and tennis player.

About Auction Atrium

Auction Atrium is a full service bricks and mortar auction house located in Notting Hill, London. All items are vetted and catalogued by experts and are on view in their showroom. Each item offered is uploaded onto Auction Atrium’s bespoke state of the art bidding platform and website, and sold via an online auction for a period of 7 days.

Auction Atrium was founded in 2004 by Allison Earl Woessner, Frank Piazza and Paul Carter Robinson. The company launched in October 2006 and since then has been growing and expanding. The Auction Atrium mission is to develop a global auction company for fine art, antiques and collectables that offers a positive user experience by maintaining transparency and high quality standards for the items being sold as well as customer service levels. Auction Atrium is dedicated to building an integrity brand by removing all possibility of fraud and misrepresentation.