Emily Fenton

Head of Agency, Haywards Heath

Since the year 2000 I have been an Estate Agent, working mainly in the home counties and across Surrey, Sussex and Kent for some large, well known corporate agencies as well as some small and individual independent firms. I have a detailed knowledge of Haywards Heath and the surrounding villages as my family have lived in the area for many years and I reside in the beautiful Ashdown Forest. At home I have a keen interest in historical architecture and I am a fully-fledged member of the National Trust. I enjoy long walks in the forest with my huge German shepherd and I thoroughly enjoy cooking and entertaining family and friends.

Chris Bliss


I initially worked in the travel industry, moving to learn estate agency in 2002, at first working in central London and in 2006 returning to work in Sussex. I joined Batcheller Monkhouse in 2014. Having grown up in West Sussex, my experience and knowledge means I am well placed to help both our town and rural clients. At the weekend, I can often be found encouraging on the sidelines at football, rugby and gymnastic events. Running and occasionally cycling help me keep fit and I still retain my passion for travel.


Emma Mason

Senior Negotiator

I grew up in Buckinghamshire but moved to Sussex to manage the office of an Estate Agency in Burgess Hill. However, to satisfy my “wander-lust” I took some time out and travelled South Africa. On my return I worked for a number of years for an Estate Agents in London, returning to Sussex to join Batcheller Monkhouse (Batcheller Thacker) in 2008. I live in North Chailey with my family, and outside of the office I absolutely love the countryside and walking, cooking and socialising.

Carly Maltby


I was delighted to join Batcheller Monkhouse in 2014 as a Viewing Assistant, thus giving me the happy mixture of being able to work and look after my young family. In 2016 the opportunity arose to join the Sales team as a Negotiator. I greatly enjoy my job and am passionate about helping buyers find their perfect home. Whilst bringing up our family my husband and I undertook many renovation projects enabling me to gain experience in all aspects of the property world which has been a huge advantage in my role with Batcheller Monkhouse.


Jenni Carn


I  had the pleasure of securing a position of secretary for an estate agent after leaving school and with only a few gaps to have my two children, I have been lucky enough to continue working in Agency for most of my working life.   I was fortunate enough to join Batcheller Monkhouse in 2016 to continue my passion of secretary/admin and supporting the wonderful team that we have in Haywards Heath.  Having grown up in the Haywards Heath area it is nice to be back working in familiar territory. Like a lot of people I enjoy nothing more than a relaxing evening with friends and nice meal.

Jane Poile MARLA

Associate, Lettings

I have lived in this area all my life and worked in the Lettings industry across Sussex and Kent for the past 20 years. Passing my ARLA Propertymark exams with a distinction, whilst working for a Financial Advisor encouraged me to start a new career in Lettings. I am proud to deliver excellent customer service and enjoy good and long-standing relationships with my landlords and tenants. My family live nearby and I can enjoy my role as mother and grandmother. My garden is a place of relaxation with my partner. Animals have been a big part of my life, especially, dogs, cats and horses.

Stuart Pocock

General Manager

I started my career as an estate agent in Sussex, then spent many years in the corporate world of business data, intelligence, and software. A chance encounter lead to me joining Batcheller Monkhouse as part of the Management Committee in August 2020 bringing leadership and management experience. Outside of work I am a trustee for a local charity, and spend as much time as possible riding my trail or road bike.

Chris Tipping


I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006 and joined the Tunbridge Wells office of Batcheller Monkhouse in 2013. I am now based at the Haywards Heath office, where with David Blake we have established a Rural Professional department. I have an in-depth background in Estate Management, Rural Consultancy, Valuations and Development Agreements. As an AMC Agent and Valuer I have assisted landowners and farmers to expand and diversify their businesses. I am an Assessor for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. In 2018-2020 I was Chairman of the Sussex and Adjoining Counties Agricultural Valuers Association. When time allows I enjoy travelling, football and mountain biking. One of my aspirations is to cycle the whole South Downs Way in a single day.

Helen Clouting
BSc (Hons) MRICS


I grew up on a family farm situated on the Surrey/ West Sussex border. Having graduated from Harper Adams University with a degree in Rural Estate and Land Management, I joined Batcheller Monkhouse in 2019. I am currently based in the Haywards Heath Professional Department, where I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. My day-to-day role includes stocktaking valuations, agri-environmental schemes, Basic Payment Scheme applications, valuations, assisting with farm tenancy matters, compulsory purchase work and rural estate management. I continue to help on the family farm, and in my spare time enjoy most sports or walking the dog, either on the beach or in the Surrey Hills. I am currently working towards my exams to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.


David Blake


I have been associated with farming in Sussex all my life and am fortunate to have been able to continue this involvement through my career as a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer, qualifying in 1986. With Chris Tipping I established the Batcheller Monkhouse Professional department in Haywards Heath. My specialism is agricultural valuations, all matters concerning farm tenancies, Basic Payment Scheme applications and land management. I am a Tenant Farmers’ Association and AMC valuer. Also, a past Chairman of the Sussex Agricultural Valuers’ Association and a long standing member of the Examination Board of the Association. At home, the farming life continues, managing my own holding and looking after the livestock.

James Maiklem
BSc (Hons)

Graduate Rural Surveyor

After graduating from the Royal Agricultural University in 2018 with a degree in Land Management, I decide to join Batcheller Monkhouse and am currently based in the Haywards Heath Professional department. I am local to the area having grown up on a farm in Surrey where I still spend a large amount of my time to date, helping out whenever possible. My general day to day work includes Estate Management, Compulsory Purchase, Valuations as well as general Rural Consultancy that takes me across East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey. I am keen sportsman with a particular interest in football, rugby, Formula 1 as well as field sports.

Mérovée Churton
BSc (Hons)

Graduate Surveyor

I graduated with a degree in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural University. Having grown up in both the Sussex and Staffordshire countryside, I have an engrained passion for the rural sector and all that goes with it. I am currently based in the Haywards Heath Professional office.  Recently I have been developing my experience and knowledge in Diversification and Estate Management, as well as assisting in other professional work such as Compulsory Purchase orders. I am currently working towards attaining my MRICS qualification. When I am not in the office, I can usually be found on the South Downs walking endlessly or in both the sea and rivers partaking in wild swimming.

Julie Durrant


I have been with the firm in its various guises since 1976. Firstly with King & Chasemore and then Monkhouse & Partners. We then merged with Bannisters and finally became Batcheller Monkhouse. I have worked with David Blake since we merged with Bannisters acting for our farming clients across the area. I live in the countryside north of Horsham and currently have 33 lambs grazing my field and, at the moment, one Labrador! My interests are horses and gardening but definitely not housework.