Michael Sefi

Michael Richard Sefi LVO (born 11 December 1943[1]) is a British philatelist and has been the keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection since 1 January 2003.[2]

Sefi was born in London. When he was a child, his grandfather introduced him to stamp collecting. He began collecting stamps again in his early thirties[3] when his own children received stamps and stamp albums as a gift[4][5] and while he was looking for a hobby to ease the stress from the Deloitte and Touche fusion.[3] He specialized in collecting the first postage stamps of George V's reign.[5]

He worked as a chartered accountant until he partially retired in late 1992. He became an associate of Deloitte & Touche in the 1980s.[3] He became an active member of the Philatelic Society of Great Britain of which he was president between 2000 and 2002. Sefi later became the president of the Royal Philatelic Society London where he has been a member of many decision-making bodies since 1990.[3]

In September 1996,[3] he was hired as an adjoint to the keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, who was Charles Goodwyn. He helped him accelerate the mounting of the George VI postage stamp collection.[6] Sefi participated in international philatelic exhibitions of parts of the Royal Collection and in welcoming students and researchers. He played a major role in the move of the collection from Buckingham Palace to St James's Palace in the early 2000s.[5]

When Charles Goodwyn announced his retirement in late 2002, Sefi was chosen to succeed him among three other candidates by the Keeper of the Privy Purse.[7] He directed the preparations of The Queen's Own, a Royal Collection exhibit at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., which was held in 2004.[8]

To assist Sefi, he had the help of Surésh Dhargalkar, an architect and conservation specialist, who was Sefi's assistant since 1996 and an adjoint to the Keeper in 2003.[9] To help him for the mounting, he hired George VI specialist, Rod Vousden, as assistant.[10]

Sefi was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[11]

References and sources

  1. SEFI, Michael Richard', Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2009 ; online edn, Nov 2009, accessed 11 March 2010.
  2. "Royal Collection gets new Keeper", Stamp Magazine website, retrieved 20 December 2007. Archived 10 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Interview on 15 October 2004, The Chronicle, journal of the Great Britain Collectors Club, January 2005. WebCite archive here.
  4. Sefi, Michael. "A Collector's Tale", Royal Mail website, retrieved 20 December 2007.
  5. 1 2 3 Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, page 310.
  6. In October 2004, Sefi announced that Vousden, his adjoint, and he finished three quarters of this mounting.
  7. Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, page 312.
  8. The Queen's Own, National Postal Museum, official website.
  9. Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, pages 308-309.
  10. Courtney, Nicholas (2004). The Queen's Stamps, page 313.
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 3. 15 June 2013.
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