CHARTERED SURVEYORS, LAND AGENTS, ESTATE AGENTS, COMMERCIAL AGENTS, LETTING AGENTS, RICS REGISTERED VALUERS
Our Team

George Back MRICS - Senior Partner

George joined RH & RW Clutton in 2001 from Humberts in the Pewsey Vale where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.  George joined the equity in 2005 and has been senior partner of the firm since Tim Raikes' retirement in 2012.  George studied at the Royal Agricultural College, having been educated at Marlborough College, where he enjoyed his sport.  

George's expertise is in the management of Rural Estates.  His extensive knowledge of the local area and diverse range of clients means he has a great deal of experience in advising clients to utilise their resources as efficiently as possible to meet their objectives.  George's wide ranging skills include advising on planning and develpment matters, tax planning, strategic estate reviews, land sales and purchases, tenancy and staff issues, property and land diversification as well as forestry and farming.

George is married to Victoria, a former lawyer who is now RH & RW Clutton's Managing Partner and has two young daughters. His interests outside the office remain very rural, with two chaotic spaniels that require considerable exercise, shooting, playing cricket and tennis for local clubs and long walks in the Weald where he lives.

George is based in our East Grinstead office.

George Back
George Back
Senior Partner
emailContact
01342 305824

Victoria Back – Managing Partner

Victoria joined RH & RW Clutton in 2014 as the Managing Partner. Victoria trained as a solicitor working initially with Linklaters in London until 2006 when she joined Cripps solicitors in Tunbridge Wells specialising in planning and development law working predominantly for South East housing developers. After a brief career break Victoria joined RH & RW Clutton to take on the role of Managing Partner concentrating on HR, marketing, office management and client care.

Victoria is married to George and together they have two young daughters. Victoria enjoys running and walking with her spaniels especially on Ashdown Forest and playing tennis.

Victoria is based in our East Grinstead office.

Victoria Back
Victoria Back
Managing Partner
emailContact
01342 410122

Philip Baker - Commercial Agent & Chartered Surveyor

Philip, a Chartered Surveyor, has been involved in the property profession for most of his working life. He qualified in 1976, has spent most of his career in East Grinstead and the surrounding areas, latterly specialising in the commercial property sector.

Philip lives in Newick with Shirley and is a member of the East Grinstead Meridian Rotary Club.

Philip is based in our East Grinstead office.

Philip Baker
Philip Baker
Commercial Agent
emailContact
01342 410122

Shirley Baker - Letting Agent

Shirley’s career has been in the property sector for most of her working life, apart from a brief time working for a local Lawyer’s office. Working in the property industry for over 35 years she has specialised in Property Lettings and Management. Shirley joined the National Association of Estate Agents in 1992 and is working alongside Sam Benson in our Lettings Dept.

Shirley lives in Newick, East Sussex with Philip. Prior to her marriage she lived in Nutley on the edge of Ashdown Forest. Two Grandsons keep her occupied along with enjoying a third of an acre of garden. Shirley has also qualified as an Holistic Massage Therapist and Reflexologist.

Shirley is based in our East Grinstead office.

Shirley Baker
Shirley Baker
Letting Agent
emailContact
01342 410122

Sam Benson MARLA - Letting Agent

Sam joined the firm as a Trainee in July 2007 and has specialised in the letting of residential property on behalf of our retained management clients and a growing portfolio of private landlords. Sam took A levels in Graphic Design, ICT and Business Studies and has from a young age had an interest in the construction, buying and letting of all types of property.

Sam became a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents in 2010 and now heads up the Letting Department.

Sam was born and grew up in Ashurst Wood on a stock farm and is very involved in the local area and when not at work enjoys exercising her dogs, fishing and looking after her large and varied collection of poultry.

Sam is based in our East Grinstead office.

Sam Benson
Sam Benson
Letting Agent
emailContact
01342 305830

Nic Burchell MRICS - Associate

Nic joined the firm as a Graduate Surveyor in March 2012, having worked locally for the previous two years. He graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in 2009 with a degree in Rural Land Management. Nic successfully passed his APC in 2013.  Nic became an Associate of RH & RW Clutton in April 2016.

Nic's main work priorites revolve around the management of a large privately owned residential portfolio spread throughout the Country but, he also assists with the managment of a number of agricultural estates in the area.

Outside work Nic is a committee member of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Sussex Division and enjoys a number of country pursuits and plays golf locally.

Nic is based in our East Grinstead office.

Nic Burchell
Nic Burchell
Associate
emailContact
01342 305828

Hugo Campbell MRICS - Land Agent  

Hugo joined RH & RW Clutton in November 2012 and successfully passed his APC in May 2014. After graduating from Harper Adams University College with a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management, Hugo spent a year on placement working on The Northumberland Estates based at Alnwick. Hugo is developing an expertise in handling Single Farm Payment issues on behalf of Clients. Hugo has spent his summers sitting in a tractor or working on Scottish Estates assisting with the management of red deer, including a year that he spent working in the game department on the Atholl Estates in Perthshire. Hugo spends most of his time working in the firms estate management team and particularly enjoys land and forestry management.

When not in the office, Hugo spends his time shooting, fishing and occasionally playing rugby or golf.

Hugo is based in our East Grinstead office.

Hugo Campbell
Hugo Campbell
Land Agent email
Contact
01342 305835

Richard Grassly MRICS - Head of Commercial

Richard joined the firm in 2011 to head up the Commercial Property Department.  His work involves acting for building owners and occupiers, providing advice on agency, asset management, valuation and professional services across the retail, office and industrial sectors.  Richard is based in the Firm’s Guildford Office but divides his time between there and the Head Office in East Grinstead.  He acts for a range of clients handling instructions across the southern counties and in Greater London.

Richard is a graduate of Wye College, London.  He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1991 and is an RICS Registered Valuer. He started his career in Central London spending 17 years in private practice before moving to Guildford in 2005.    

Richard is based in our Guildford office.

Richard Grassly
Richard Grassly
Head of Commercial
emailContact
01483 300233

Oliver Harwood MA (Cantab) FRICS - Partner

Oliver joined RH & RW Clutton as a Partner in 2012 following fifteen years with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), ten as Chief Surveyor, providing advice to rural land owners and businesses across England and Wales. At the CLA Oliver has been involved in agricultural tenancy law and advice, diversification into renewable energy, planning, minerals and profitable enterprise as well as leading on valuation and compensation issues for the Association. Prior to the CLA, Oliver was an Associate with Smith-Woolley, managing rural estates for both private and institutional clients, after training with Stratton and Holborow in the West Country. Other areas of expertise revolve around general practice work and the management of commercial properties.

Oliver qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1984. His services to the CLA have been recognised by life membership of the Association.

Outside work Oliver is married to Helen, a primary school teacher, and they have two teenage children. Oliver is a keen oarsman and a member of a ‘masters’ rowing crew that competes nationally. He is also an active dinghy sailor when time allows.

Oliver is based in our East Grinstead office.

Oliver Harwood
Oliver Harwood
Partner
emailContact
01342 305834

Peter Hughes - Head of Residential Agency

Peter joined RH & RW Clutton in May 2016 as the partner in charge of residential agency across three offices. He started his estate agency career in central London in 1982, where he gained invaluable experience selling some of the most expensive property in prime central London. In 1997 Peter returned to Sussex and in 2005 founded Peter Hughes Country Property based out of Petworth.

Peter is one of the most experienced agents in West Sussex and has a real passion for property. His extensive knowledge of the market and expert negotiating skills enables him to advise on sales and lettings, as well as acting for clients when buying and advising on development potential, as well as the marketing of new developments.

Peter is married to Clare and they have a young family. Outside of the office Peter can often be found playing keyboards in a rock and roll band. He also enjoys keeping fit, sailing, shooting, skiing, motor sport and gardening.

Peter is based in our Petworth office.

Peter Hughes
Peter Hughes
Head of Residential Agency
emailContact
01798 344554

Tim Hutchings FRICS FAAV - Consultant

Tim is now a Consultant to the firm having retired from the Partnership in 2009. Tim was made a Partner in 1974 having spent the previous 4 years as resident sub-agent on the Glanusk Estate in Breconshire. Tim’s main area of work expertise is rural estate management however he has handled the full gamut that one might expect including agricultural valuations, landlord and tenant negotiations and taxation advice on rural estates.

Tim qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1970 and is a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers and also a member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants, the Royal Forestry Society and the Country Landowners Association.

When not working Tim is Chairman of the Bolney Housing Association and is heavily involved with Bolney Parish Church and enjoys walking, shooting, skiing and all countryside matters.

Tim is based in our East Grinstead office.

Tim Hutchings
Tim Hutchings
Consultant
emailContact
01342 410122

William Jones - Trainee Land Agent

Will joined RH and RW Clutton in April 2017 after completing a Masters in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University, prior to this he worked as a management consultant in the Financial Services industry in London. Will previously served from 2007 to 2014 as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment, spending time in a number of countries on operations and as part of training.

Will is primarily employed as the resident Sub Agent at the Balcombe Estate working under the direction of Robert Windle and is engaged with the whole gamut of estate management activities in preparation for his APC.

Will is married to Gillie, a media lawyer, and is a sub par sportsman with an interest in field sports and deer management.

William is based in our Balcombe Estate and in our East Grinstead office.

William Jones
William Jones
Trainee Land Agent
emailContact
01444 811233

Ben Lee MRICS FAAV – Associate

Ben joined RH & RW Clutton in 2015 as a Land Agent having previously worked for the National Trust in Surrey. He read Geography at Durham before undertaking a Masters in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College in 2011. Ben became a member of the RICS in 2013 and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2014. Ben became an Associate of RH & RW Clutton in April 2017.

The majority of Ben’s time is spent on estate management, assisting the Partners on a number of estates across the South East of England.

Outside work Ben is a keen sportsman in particular cricket, which he plays in the Surrey Championship, as well as shooting and golf.

Ben is based in our East Grinstead office.

Ben Lee
Ben Lee
Associate
emailContact
01342 305831

Tim Raikes FRICS - Consultant

Tim retired from the Partnership in 2012 and is now a Consultant of the Firm. Tim joined RH & RW Clutton in 1972 when his Father was Senior Partner, and was made a Partner in 1974. He had previously worked with Cluttons (Canterbury and London) and Knight Frank (London) whilst taking his surveying exams. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1972 and is also a RICS Registered Valuer.

Tim was instrumental from the early 1970's in the firm becoming engaged in the acquisition and management of agricultural investment portfolios for major institutional clients throughout the UK which has led to the opening of small management offices in Hereford and Lincolnshire. He has also been responsible for the management of some of the finest privately owned agricultural estates in the South East. Tim has been the firm's auctioneer and has enjoyed selling a wide variety of property throughout the UK.

Tim followed Tony Duveen as Senior Partner in 1984.

When not working, Tim is a keen sportsman and enjoys shooting, tennis, swimming, family golf, and riding his youngest son's polo ponies on Ashdown Forest.

Tim is based in our East Grinstead office.

Tim Raikes
Tim Raikes
Consultant
emailContact
01342 305833

Christopher Schooling FRICS FAAV - Consultant

Christopher has acted as a consultant for the firm since 2007 when he retired from the partnership after 42 years with RH & RW Clutton, 33 of them as an equity partner.

 After farming in the Midlands and estate management experience while working for the firm Christopher qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1968 and as a Full Member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 1971.  He has been involved in all aspects of the firm’s professional work, particularly in rural estate management, planning, building projects and forestry.

 In his retirement Christopher is on the board of management of a Grade 1 historic house and garden in Sussex, which has charitable status and is opened to the public seasonally with its important collection of art and period contents.

 His interests lie in all country pursuits, gardening, skiing and travel.

Chris Schooling
Christopher Schooling
Consultant
emailContact
01342 410122

Cerys Shea - Property Maintenance Co-Ordinator

Cerys joined the firm in January 2015 as Property Maintenance Co-ordinator looking after one client's residential portfolio which is spread across the country.

The majority of Cerys' career was spent working for Allen & Overy in both their London and New York offices in many varied roles from PA to Customer Services Manager leaving the firm in 2012. Before she joined RH & RW Clutton Cerys spent time working as Property Manager for a small local family run business.

In her spare time Cerys spends her time with her extremely active children.

Cerys is based in our East Grinstead office.

Cerys Shea
Cerys Shea
Property Maintenance
Co-Ordinator
emailContact
01342 305823

Pippa Thorman - Petworth Residential Negotiator

Pippa joined RH & RW Clutton in May 2016 having been part of Peter Hughes Country Property in Petworth since 2006. Originally a trained nurse, Pippa moved in to the world of Estate Agency in 1987 when she started working for Jackson Stops in Chelsea as a sales negotiator. After two years Pippa was headhunted to join the firm Aylesford & Co on the Kings Road, Chelsea as a senior negotiator and she remained there for just over ten years. After a short career break and a move back to her home town of Petworth with her young family, Pippa set up a small independent property finding business which kept her occupied until returning to agency with Peter Hughes.

Petworth has been home for Pippa since 1974, having moved in to the area with her parents as a child and following a short interlude in London. Pippa is married to Jeremy, currently an officer in the armed forces and has numerous interests outside her work in estate agency. She is still kept busy with a daughter who remains an avid horsewoman in her late teens. Pippa has been a very active volunteer and committee member for the Cowdray Hunt branch of the Pony Club, and has recently retired as membership secretary after a spell of five years.

Pippa is based in the Petworth office.

Pippa Thorman
Pippa Thorman
Petworth Residential
Negotiator
emailContact
01798 344554

James Tillard MRICS - Head of Rural Agency

James is Head of Rural Agency in the Firm having spent his career buying and selling some of the finest properties in the South East. James handles all of the residential agency work from our East Grinstead office and has been successfully developing the firm’s agricultural agency practice.  In addition, James handles a considerable amount of professional valuation work. He has prepared and handled a number of expert witness reports for clients and has had considerable success in negotiating probate valuations with the District Valuer’s Office. James has a portfolio of local rural and agricultural management clients and is involved with a wide range of management issues including rent reviews.

James joined the firm as a Partner in 2008, having spent the previous 25 years with a national firm based in Lewes, he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1982 and is an RICS Registered Valuer. He is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

When not working James spends his time building up the wildlife population on his estate at Chailey and he is also a keen fisherman.

James is based in our East Grinstead office.

James Tillard
James Tillard
Head of Rural Agency
emailContact
01342 410122

Melville Wilson - Building Surveyor

Melville joined the firm in April 2016 as Building Surveyor having spent his working life based in the south east. A graduate in Land Management from Reading University, his experience is broad and varied and includes surveys of large country houses, commercial dilapidations, party wall matters, and preparation of specifications of work.

Melville is married to Alice who teaches at a preparatory school near Chichester. Melville enjoys cycling, walking (especially in the mountains), and photography when not working on the house and garden. He also occasionally treads the boards with his local amateur dramatic society.

Melville is based in our Petworth office.

Melville Wilson
Melville Wilson
Building Surveyor
emailContact
01798 344554

Robert Windle FRICS FAAV - Partner

Robert joined RH&RW Clutton in October 2015 following 24 years as the Resident Agent for the Cowdray Estate, based at Midhurst, West Sussex and a period of 15 months as a Consultant with Smiths Gore.

Robert has experience of managing a wide range of property, including Agricultural, Residential, Commercial, Recreational land and Forestry. Robert has experience of preparing strategic Estate plans together with the organisation of a variety of development projects.

During his time as a Consultant with Smiths Gore he spent 6 months as a locum Estate Manager for a large estate in Southern Scotland for the Buccleuch Estates, followed by a variety of professional work for different clients.

Prior to the Cowdray Estate Robert was an Associate with Smiths Gore in the north of England managing estates for both private and institutional clients, after his initial period of training with Humberts in Dorset.

Robert qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1983 and was appointed as a Fellow in 1994. He also qualified as Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers in 1984 and is an RICS Registered Valuer.  Robert is based in the Firm's Petworth office working in our land management team.

Outside work Robert is married to Alison who teaches at a preparatory school near Chichester and they have two sons who are now qualified Commercial Surveyors. Robert enjoys walking in the countryside, together with game shooting and he is also a keen cyclist but definitely not off road across mountains.

Robert is based in our Petworth office.


 

Robert Windle
Robert Windle
Partner
emailContact                 01798 344554
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