A real estate pedigree with over 5 years of experience as a successful agent, Jake brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and passion.
Jake is a cool, calm and collected auctioneer with an impressive ability to read a crowd. He understands how to put buyers at ease while also asserting that he is in control.
No stranger to hard work, Jake is highly motivated and driven to succeed. He takes immense pride in his job and his commitment to excellence has seen him achieve optimal results for a string of happy clients. He is passionate about people and property and feels privileged to represent vendors in one of their most important life decisions.
Jake is an extremely personable individual who people instantly warm to. This, combined with his aptitude for extracting bids with great finesse, sees Jake deliver an outstanding performance each and every time he steps out to represent the Cooley brand.
Enthusiastic and skilled at generating a stimulating auction environment, Jake stands out as an auctioneer who won’t stop until a premium result is achieved.
Priding herself on strong communication and interpersonal skills, Briannan Davis controls the room with confidence and tenacity enabling her to achieve premium results for vendors. Her ability to drive an auction and read her audience is tribute to her distinctive practice and education.
Briannan’s 15 years experience in Speech and Drama, a degree in Media and Communication and an extensive career as a real estate agent combine the perfect background for a successful auctioneer. Her hard-working and adaptive approach to each auction, as well as her ability to empathise with and encourage bidders, amplifies results immensely. Briannan adds energy and excitement to create the ultimate stand out performance.
A leader in the auctioneering industry, Briannan won the 2019 Real Estate Business Women in Real Estate Auctioneer of the Year Award and was selected as a finalist in the 2017 REINSW Awards for Excellence Auction Competition.
Briannan is highly professional and dedicated to providing the best service possible. Her ability to build a genuine rapport with her clients and vendors is a result of her extremely high work ethic and friendly nature. She is an integral member of the award-winning Cooley Auctions team with an approach focused on enthusiasm, integrity and commitment.
A born communicator and experienced negotiator, Michael is equipped with characteristics that have led him to excel as an auctioneer.
Michael understands the role that emotions play when it comes to transacting property and his inherent interpersonal skills are evident in the way he interacts with all parties involved in the sale process. Always pushing for more, Michael skilfully engages with buyers to ensure no bids are held back on auction day and that a premium price is achieved.
With a background in finance, numbers are second nature to Michael and his calling skills are impeccable. Not one to give up on any challenge that comes his way, Michael makes it his mission to go above and beyond for his clients and often exceeds expectations. This attitude, combined with his finely tuned auctioneering skills, saw Michael become a Partner within Cooley Auctions in 2019.
Passionate, confident & friendly, Michael has a commanding presence that sets the tone of each and every auction he calls. A highly valued representative of the Cooley brand, Michael is an asset to the team and the field of auctioneering.
Auctioneer & Partner
When Damien started Cooley Auctions in 2003 he had one clear vision – to put together the best auctioneering team in Australia. Now, as the auctioneer of choice for Australia’s most respected real estate agencies, his clients rely on his inimitable style and unsurpassed calibre of service to achieve consistently exceptional results.
At the helm of a rapidly growing, successful business Damien has received a number of accolades which stand as testament to his focus and unwavering commitment to his craft. In addition to sitting on the Board of the REINSW, Damien won the 2015 & 2013 Auctioneer of the Year at the Real Estate Business Awards as well as the 2013 REINSW Award for Excellence – John Greig OAM Community Service. In 2010 and 2008 Damien won the REINSW Awards for Excellence in Auctioneering as well as the Australian Property Institute’s Young Achiever of the Year Award in 2007. These commendations have reinforced his fine reputation and confirmed his status as one of the best in the business.
Damien’s experience extends to reality television where he has performed the winning auction on The Block five times and is the most booked auctioneer on the show making his eleventh appearance in 2018. He has also performed auctions on other reality TV series, including The Renovators, Under the Hammer, Hot Auctions and Selling Houses Australia.
Recognised as contributing significantly to the revitalisation of Sydney’s auction market, in 2015 Damien sold $2.3 billion worth of real estate. Damien’s drive, enthusiasm and innate ability to read a crowd are invaluable assets when it comes to the fine art of auctioneering.
With a strong sense of responsibility to use his talent to help people in need, Damien conducts many charity auctions every year as well as successful fundraising events. All of which has earned him a position on Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets Development Committee.
Fully licensed and specialising in all facets of residential and commercial real estate, Damien’s results speak for themselves and he consistently achieves an auction clearance rate well above the industry average.
Managing Director & Auctioneer
At the helm of our Queensland & Northern Rivers auction business, David brings a wealth of experience to the team. Originally from Melbourne, David experienced the art of auctioneering first-hand in general auctions prior to moving into real estate sales and auctioneering before progressing to become the Chief Auctioneer for LJ Hooker Australia.
David’s quick wit and calm, yet conversational style of auctioneering, sees buyers at ease and enables agents to achieve the best possible results for their vendors. He is an awarded auctioneer with several Auctioneer of the Year finalist honours and now, thousands of auctions called.
Queensland is now well and truly home for David and he is passionate about creating a quality team of auctioneers to service the regions with Australia’s leading auction group.
QLD | Northern Rivers Auctioneer
As auction and office manager, Larissa plays a pivotal role within the Cooley Auctions team. With extensive experience and high exposure to residential and commercial sales, Larissa leads the team at Cooley Auctions with enthusiasm and a growing interest in the real estate industry.
An invaluable member of the team, with a boundless desire to provide first class customer service at all times, Larissa is responsible for managing all auction bookings as well as ensuring the professional running of our premier auction venues in Double Bay, the Sutherland Shire & St George, Greater Western Sydney and the CBD.
Continuing to build strong relationships with our valued clients and proving her exceptional organisation, Larissa’s attention to detail is impeccable and is matched by her hard-working nature. Her focus on customer service and excellent communication skills are the ideal attributes for her busy and varied role.
Auction & Office Manager
Holding a wealth of real estate knowledge and experience, Lachlan Macdonald is recognized as being the youngest ever Managing Director and Franchisee in the history of Australia’s largest real estate group. As both auctioneer and leading marketing agent for his office, Lachlan has extensive experience on both sides of auction day.
As a third generation real estate professional, Lachlan learnt the art of auctioneering at an early age. His grandfather’s gavel in hand, Lachlan won the Central Coast division and competed in the State Final of the Real Estate Institue of NSW Novice Auctioneers Competition in just his first full year in real estate. Lachlan has since gone on to be one of the most recognised auctioneers in his marketplace and has developed an incomparable understanding of the auction day preparation and process. These skills give Lachlan the ability to appreciate and assist with negotiations on auction day to achieve the very best possible result for agents, vendors and buyers alike, yet always maintaining a competitive and enthusiastic atmosphere.
A professional, calm and controlled demeanour, Lachlan’s passion for auctioneering, along with his background in real estate, are like no other. He brings invaluable advice and strategy to every auction with exceptional focus and drive. Like every Cooley Auctions team member, he is a truly talented auctioneer with the ability to maximize every benefit.
Francesco knows real estate. With 10 years of experience as a commercial agent, he has certainly earned his stripes. Well respected by his clients and colleagues, Francesco is a highly professional individual who knows how to maximise an auction sale.
His confident and engaging disposition is seen in the way he commands attention through his controlled auction call. Francesco loves the dynamic of an auction and for him, helping a vendor sell their property is a truly rewarding experience.
His background as an agent has equipped him with a solid understanding of the needs of both buyers and vendors and he genuinely enjoys building rapport with both parties and offering sound advice. He is skilled at creating urgency and knows how to strategically get the most out of buyers.
With extensive passion, drive and industry knowledge, Francesco radiates the Cooley Auctions ethos, consistently achieving premium results.
Paul Millett is an auctioneer who’s known for his unwaveringly cool and calm demeanour under any circumstances, making him the perfect person to have on your team in the highly charged environment of the auction room.
Testament to his natural ability and experience, Paul was a Finalist in the Real Estate Institute NSW Award for Excellence in Auctioneering in 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Paul is widely respected by his peers for being actively involved in the advancement of the industry as a member of the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales auctioneers’ committee.
Personable, charismatic and engaging, Paul is passionate about the art of auctioneering. His strength of character and broad knowledge of the real estate industry shine through. He perfectly embodies the Cooley culture – consummately professional, highly driven and ambitious.
Paul Enright is never more himself than when performing in front of an audience and communicating with people – because that’s what he was born to do. Charismatic by nature he draws people in by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment that encourages participation and interaction.
Placing the greatest importance on integrity and honesty, Paul is driven by his pursuit to realize the potential and opportunity in every person and situation - which translates in the auctioneering arena to achieving the best possible result for his clients every time. This enthusiasm and professionalism, coupled with his keen negotiation skills makes him a perfect fit with Cooley team.
Incredibly motivated and focused, Paul has enjoyed a highly successful career in the event industry, which has given him excellent grounding in building relationships, promotion, customer service and basically knowing how to run the show.
Paul radiates the Cooley Auctions ethos, consistently achieving outstanding results and leaving a positive impression with each and very client.
Oliver understands that a great auction starts with creating an emotional attachment to the property and then depends on the auctioneer’s ability to create a rhythm, read the crowd and tap into those emotional attachments. Oliver is gifted with a natural confidence, that sees him control his auctions with ease, using his wit to engage his bidders and his passion to command attention.
As a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a highly sought after corporate MC, Oliver has spent his working life in front of audiences. Thanks to his acting background, Oliver is an experienced improviser, quick on his feet and exceptionally articulate. A skilled negotiator, Oliver also understands what it takes to get the deal done, an ability he acquired during his time as the founding Business Manager of an award-winning theatre company.
A previous winner of the prestigious REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition, Oliver’s skill and charisma is undeniable and he stands out as an excellent auctioneer, one that tenaciously achieves top dollar for his clients.
Oliver grew up on Sydney’s North Shore and is deeply immersed in the area’s unique history and evolving culture.
Oliver is a committed meditator and an uncommitted guitarist.
As both a building designer and auctioneer, Lachlan is part of the property world in two quite different capacities. But it’s also in his DNA – hailing from a family of real estate agents, Lachlan got a feel for transacting property at a young age and he joined the Cooley team with a real passion for the industry.
His ability to evoke and control bidding is impressive and make Lachlan an asset to his clients on auction day. Genuinely sociable, creating rapport comes second nature to Lachlan and he enjoys building relationships with the agents and vendors he represents.
He thrives off the energy of an auction and loves being in front of an audience. He will hold his own as auctioneer while making sure he extracts top dollar before dropping the hammer.
With a thirst for knowledge, Lachlan seeks to learn as much as possible about the property market. This, paired with his auctioneering ability, make Lachlan a very valuable part of the auction process.
Having reached the pinnacle of an impressive career with Qantas, Sarah decided to step into an industry that she’s always been passionate about – real estate. The excitement of auction day is what drew her in and it’s that excitement that she continues to thrive off.
Being a natural people person, Sarah is customer centric. She truly cares about the vendors and agents she represents and is one hundred percent focused on their best interest. Her positive and confident manner brings her clients reassurance that their property is in the right hands and while she is warm and approachable, she is a resolute auctioneer who isn’t afraid to be assertive to extract more from buyers.
Sarah’s commitment to her responsibility as auctioneer is unwavering, matched by her commitment to excelling at her craft. Proving her skill and ability, she was selected as a finalist in the 2018 REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition.
Sarah’s energy, professionalism and passion translates exceptionally well in the auction arena and like all Cooley Auctions team members, she ensures the best possible price is achieved on auction day.
With a wealth of experience in real estate as well as years working with some of the top agencies in sales, Hugh Hanrahan has listed and sold rural, lifestyle, residential and commercial property. Growing up in the Southern Highlands and continuing to offer his services for numerous charity auctions, Hugh has a strong sense of community relationships and a grounded nature. Matched with a background that focuses mostly on people skills, Hugh is extremely relatable with exceptional negotiation skills.
Hugh’s outstanding background knowledge allows him to empathize with buyers, sellers and agents alike. With a warm and honest approach to auctioneering, his friendly nature puts buyers at ease allowing him to secure premium results.
Hugh is very observant, with the ability to read the audience and tailor the auction appropriately. It isn’t uncommon to see Hugh record a 100% clearance rate for his full day of auctions or sell well above reserve. He is a passionate believer in the auction process, controlling every auction with confidence, an assertive approach and always ready to go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcome.
Professional and enthusiastic, Peppi Cooley ensures all facets of Cooley Auctions accounts are flawless, administering the day-to-day invoicing and account payments as well as managing all human resources. Her exceptional eye for detail and hard working and approachable nature allows Peppi to build a genuine rapport with clients.
Before commencing at Cooley Auctions, Peppi set up a business that grew immensely over an eight-year period, managing all human resource matters, accounts and marketing. This experience paired with her strong work ethic, superb customer service skills and friendly nature adds immense value to the Cooley Auctions team and make Peppi a pleasure to deal with.