Annabelle Conyngham

Annabelle Conyngham now lives in Plettenberg Bay, where for the past decade she has devoted most of her time to civic and environmental issues. She is a Founder Member of the Save Plett Alliance, and part of the Plettenberg Bay Community Environmental Forum. She is also a volunteer in a structured early intervention literary programme, developed by the Shine Centre in Cape Town, helping Grade Three children in Kwanokathula Primary School develop their reading and language skills; and is a councillor of the St Peter’s Anglican Church of Formosa, Plettenberg Bay. In 2016 she established the Bitou Trust to assist with funding the PlettAid Foundation/ Hospice Plett, of which she is Vice-Chairman, and the Robberg Coastal Corridor Protected Environment for which she serves on the Committee.

Most of her working life was with Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers in London, which she joined in 1972, specialising in international aspects of the auctioneering business and becoming one of the first women auctioneers. Besides assisting in setting up salerooms in Amsterdam and Monaco, she worked for the firm in Geneva, Rome and Hong Kong and, in 1985, was instrumental in opening three Christie’s representative offices in South Africa.  Highlights of her time at Christie’s include her involvement in the auctions of Chinese porcelain salvaged from the South China Sea, and of animalier bronzes by the renowned South African sculptor, Dylan Lewis. After her marriage she lived on the Isle of Man where she was the Regional Representative for Christie’s from 1991 to 2007. She is now an Independent Consultant for the firm in South Africa.

In 2010 she was invested as a Dame of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, having served as Chairman of Council of the Order for many years while in the Isle of Man. She also served on the Ladies’ Guild of the St John Ophthalmic Hospital of Jerusalem.

Annabelle Conyngham

Annabelle Conyngham now lives in Plettenberg Bay, where for the past decade she has devoted most of her time to civic and environmental issues. She is a Founder Member of the Save Plett Alliance, and part of the Plettenberg Bay Community Environmental Forum. She is also a volunteer in a structured early intervention literary programme, developed by the Shine Centre in Cape Town, helping Grade Three children in Kwanokathula Primary School develop their reading and language skills; and is a councillor of the St Peter’s Anglican Church of Formosa, Plettenberg Bay. In 2016 she established the Bitou Trust to assist with funding the PlettAid Foundation/ Hospice Plett, of which she is Vice-Chairman, and the Robberg Coastal Corridor Protected Environment for which she serves on the Committee.

Most of her working life was with Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers in London, which she joined in 1972, specialising in international aspects of the auctioneering business and becoming one of the first women auctioneers. Besides assisting in setting up salerooms in Amsterdam and Monaco, she worked for the firm in Geneva, Rome and Hong Kong and, in 1985, was instrumental in opening three Christie’s representative offices in South Africa.  Highlights of her time at Christie’s include her involvement in the auctions of Chinese porcelain salvaged from the South China Sea, and of animalier bronzes by the renowned South African sculptor, Dylan Lewis. After her marriage she lived on the Isle of Man where she was the Regional Representative for Christie’s from 1991 to 2007. She is now an Independent Consultant for the firm in South Africa.

In 2010 she was invested as a Dame of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, having served as Chairman of Council of the Order for many years while in the Isle of Man. She also served on the Ladies’ Guild of the St John Ophthalmic Hospital of Jerusalem.

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