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Caroline Shepherd, the new head of wine and spirits at Forum Auctions.

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The London firm has announced three new hires, bringing its staff number to 23, up from 18 a year ago.

Wine and spirits expertise

Caroline Shepherd has joined as head of wine and spirits. She had previously spent 18 years at Sotheby’s where she brought numerous wine collections to market and worked on on ex-château sales and single-owner auctions. Shepherd will develop the bidforwine.co.uk site and organise auctions.

The shipping news

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Graham Argue, the new shipping co-ordinator at Forum Auctions.

Graham Argue joins as shipping co-ordinator. With 90% of the firm’s sales now being shipped rather than collected in person, he will develop new logistics operations. He brings 15 years of experience in the auction industry and has worked in retail distribution for watchmaker Breitling.

Fresh career chapter

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Cosima Benson-Colpi, who has joined Forum Auctions as a trainee cataloguer.

Cosima Benson-Colpi is the latest recruit to Forum Auction’s nine-person books department as a trainee cataloguer. She interned at the Vatican Museums in Rome before completing a Masters in Ecclesiastical History.

Forum’s CEO Stephan Ludwig says: “This past year’s accelerated shift online across the auction industry has presented new opportunities and we must ensure that our growth in turnover does not compromise a first-class client service.”