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Mr Anderson is already a well-known figure in the trade through his appearances at quality fairs. He is an Olympia regular and was an early signing for the first National Fine Art and Antiques Fair at Birmingham’s NEC, which takes place at the end of this month.

Lord Howe, chairman of LAPADA, our largest dealers’ association, said: “We welcome such an experienced dealer to our board and I look forward to working with Ian. Sadly, John Thompson has decided to step down from the board. “He was a most valuable director and we thank him enormously for his seven years’ service.”