An experienced Charity Auctioneer can make a huge difference to the amount raised in a Live Auction

If you are holding a Live Auction, it is imperative to engage the services of an experienced Charity Event Auctioneer. Fundraising event auctions are quite different to the traditional auction house ‘sale’ and the right person will engage and entertain the audience, ensuring that you maximise the revenue from your charity auction.

Neil Townend

Neil has 22 years of experience as a Compère, Auctioneer and Quizmaster hosting a variety of private and corporate live events, including working as the MC on the KidsOut Question of Sport fundraisers, for 10 years.

Neil’s professionalism, attention to detail and ability to listen and fully understand the clients’ brief, make him a pleasure to work with. This, together with his honesty and enthusiasm, make him a popular choice for many. Neil is most notable for his quick wit and dry sense of humour.

The greatest challenge facing a Presenter working on live events is the versatility to adapt to the wide variety of roles and dynamics required. Neil is often commended on his ability to ‘read’ the audience and quickly get a ‘feel’ for the atmosphere, allowing him to deliver the right ‘style’ – ensuring that audiences regularly warm to him more and more as the evening progresses.

  As always, Neil did a fabulous job of making the Auction (Beaufort Polo Club Fundraising Lunch 2018) fun and engaging while subtly eking the bids higher and higher toward a fabulous record total

Mark Lewis – CEO, Hospitality Action
  Neil, just to say a big thank you for last night (MC and Co-host for Question of Support Quiz Fundraising Event) at Wembley – best yet! The evening ran exceptionally smoothly and we have had lots of great feedback… and as ever the double act with Vicky Gomersall worked a treat. Thanks again – you are a star!

Penny Moore – Hospitality Action

Stylish and clean cut, with a youthful look for his 54 years(!), Neil is keen to dress correctly for the part: “I am equally at home in shirt and jeans as dinner jacket – but either way, it has to be co-ordinated and suit the event. My job is to draw attention to your guests and the event – not myself!”

Since 2012 Neil has co-hosted Quiz fundraisers with John Parrot, Rachel Riley, Rory McGrath, Dermot Murnaghan and Vicky Gomersall. In recent years, Neil has been the Host for the Investors Choice Awards and Britain’s Top Employers UK Awards Dinner, GroceryAid Quiz Night and Hospitality Action’s Beaufort Polo fundraiser.


  Thank you so much for everything you did for us on Saturday night (The Summer Solstice Ball) – you were an absolute star and we all love you! I have had nothing but compliments for the Compère – you kept everything going and kept me personally from going insane

Georgina Clapton Hall – Cohen Hall Partnership

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