Patrick Meade is based in New York and became Bonhams co-CEO in January 2014, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Development since 1999.
Prior to joining Bonhams, Meade was Senior Vice President at Christie's New York, where he managed its Decorative Arts Departments. This role was preceded by his position as President Christie's East, an affiliated company, and he spent several years as a 19th century Paintings Specialist and General Appraiser for its Trusts and Estates Division.
In 1999, Meade joined Butterfields as President. The auction house was acquired by Bonhams in 2002 and from then until 2014 Meade oversaw its US business development. Working with the then US CEO, he developed the strategy to enter the East Coast market, in particular the decision to migrate a significant portion of the business to New York and significantly increase turnover.
In his present role as co-CEO, based in New York, Meade continues to develop Bonhams' US growth strategy, to expand the team and increase market share in high growth departments.
He earned his BA in Celtic Studies from University College, Dublin, and completed a degree course in the UK at The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the latter for whose nationwide examination he achieved first place.
Patrick is a veteran auctioneer both at Bonhams and for charities, often acting for museum, institutional and private charity fundraisers.