Welcoming a New Chair

Welcoming a New Chair

Exciting updates to our Board

We are delighted to welcome Iain Mackinnon as our new Chairman as well as congratulate London specialist Phillip Smith on his new position on the Board of Directors.


Gavin Strang, our Managing Director, is delighted to welcome both Iain and Philip to the Board, "their geographic location in London & the South is very much part of the company’s continued focus on building a nationwide brand. They will both bring fresh perspectives and I look forward to the contributions they will make."


Iain Mackinnon - Chairman 

After qualifying as a certified accountant in 1985 Iain focused on corporate finance advisory work forming his own firm I F Mackinnon & Company in 1997. Iain continues to serve, alongside his work with the firm, on the boards of numerous companies both public and private. Outside the office, Iain is a director of Garsington Opera, having been Chairman and overseeing its move to Wormsley in 2010 and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Having grown up in Edinburgh, Iain is looking forward to spending more time in the city again, as well as visiting Lyon & Turnbull’s other locations across the UK.

“It is a pleasure to be asked to this position with Lyon & Turnbull. The fine arts and auctioneering sectors have always been a fascinating industry to me and I look forward to working with an outstanding team to take Lyon & Turnbull into an even brighter future.”


Philip Smith - Director 

Philip joined Lyon & Turnbull in 2018 as Head of Modern Art & Design in London. After graduating with a Masters from the Courtauld Institute in London in 2007, Philip began his career at a leading auction house in the South of England, developing sales with particular focus on Cotswold and modernist furniture and studio & contemporary ceramics and craft, handling a number of important works of art and collections over his career in the industry. Within the field of contemporary craft Philip is now seen as one of the leading advocates of this area in the auction field.

“It is a privilege to be offered a place on the board at such an exciting time for the company. Lyon & Turnbull is one of the most forward thinking and hugely respected companies in the auction industry, as well as being a leader in many fields in the fine and applied arts and I am looking forward to being part of the leadership team that takes it on the next steps of its dynamic journey that is sure to be innovative and market leading.”





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