In October 2007 Matthew Girling was appointed Bonhams CEO UK & Europe with the brief of raising the company's profile and business performance across the region. He is also Group Jewelry Director with overall responsibility for jewelry sales worldwide.
Matthew was responsible for establishing Bonhams first office in the Middle East and he continues to have overall responsibility for Bonhams activities in the Middle East.
Career highlights include valuing and handling the sale of 'The Jewels from the Personal Collection of Princess Salimah Aga Khan' which sold for $28m in November 1995. Matthew also oversaw and auctioned the Exceptional Jewelry of Francoise Hermann which sold at Bonhams in 2004 for $6.2m.
Matthew was made a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2008 and is a member of the Guild of Fine Art Dealers and Scholars. He qualified as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain in 1981.