Jon Baddeley has handed on his management responsibilities at Bonhams.

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Baddeley will continue to act as a consultant to the firm and Matthew Haley, promoted to managing director of the Knightsbridge saleroom, succeeds him.

Haley said: “Under Jon Baddeley’s leadership the saleroom has gone from strength to strength, and he leaves us in great shape. Jon will be a very hard act to follow but I am relishing the challenge.”

Baddeley will continue as a consultant at Bonhams in the fields of science, technology and nautical works of art and will continue to be a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, a role he has performed for over 30 years.

Baddeley said he will now have more time to pursue his hobbies.

He added: “My stepping down from full-time management will allow me more time to pursue my other passions which include all aspects of cooking and procuring the ingredients for such, long-haul travel to search for unusual birds and animals in relatively inaccessible locations and sub aqua reef scuba diving (warm water only!).”