About TFG

TFG was established to bring a respected, trustworthy, and professional grading service to the community.

Our team was founded by former elite UK military personnel, applying decades worth of precision and focus to a profession we love and enjoy. 

The Frog represents our commitment to safeguarding the future of our planet, through active contributions to The World Land Trust and sustainable processes. It is also testament to our heritage within amphibious military operations and conveniently is one of the only animals that can be replicated across multiple colours for our unique grades.

We pride ourselves on our precision grading and stringent standards, making TFG™ a respected and trusted grading service within the collector community.
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AJ Hickman


After a career as a Royal Marines Commando, AJ transitioned into the world of Executive Close Protection, acting as a security consultant for both premiership football teams and British and Foreign aristocracy. A lifelong Pokémon collector, he set out on a mission to turn a passion into a business and seized the opportunity to create an authentication company with a unique concept.

Josef Pike

Operations manager

Joe joined TFG after a successful career in IT. Since joining the team, he has effectively led the Operational aspect of the business, guaranteeing that turn-around times are met and that our technology is concurrent and efficient. Joe has been instrumental in the development of our Artificial integration software, ensuring that its development has seamless integration with our current grading practices. As a childhood TCG and Sports Card collector, Joe has an authentic passion for our vision and is an integral part of our senior management team.



Bonnie joined TFG having spent fifteen years working in financial services in the UK and Cayman Islands.

Bonnie brings a wealth of experience in business strategy and team management. Many of her roles included project management specific to marketing strategy, implementation and event and conference production.

While her two boys were small, Bonnie re-trained as an early years practitioner and worked at a Montessori school for 2 years.

Bonnie joins with an authentic passion for collectibles and believes that TFG’s quality grading service and 5* customer service, will ensure its future in the grading and authentication market for many years to come.

the community team
Our community team is the foundation for everything we do. The team are genuine collectors, who understand the needs of our customers and are integral to the business
Katie Budgen

Head of Community

Katie as Head of the Community is not only involved in managing the community but also helps out with operational aspects when there’s a need. With her wild passion for Pokemon cards and vast collection, she spreads her knowledge to the other team members. 


head of design

Tiago is the Head of Design at Tree Frog Grading. With over four years of experience as a graphic designer, he has made a name for himself in the industry by creating stunning designs for some of the biggest names in the business. Prior to his career in graphic design, Tiago was a photographer, which has given him a keen eye for detail and a deep appreciation for visual aesthetics.

Throughout his career, Tiago has worked with a range of clients, including Vodafone, RedHolt and Topps, helping to develop marketing materials, advertising campaigns, and brand identities. He has a strong reputation for creating designs that not only look great but also effectively communicate the client’s message to their audience.

Outside of his work at Tree Frog Grading, Tiago has also become well-known within the Pokemon community. He has designed logos and other branding materials for various groups and organisations within the community, and his work has been praised for its creativity and attention to detail.

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