About Us

Clive Emson Auctioneers was founded in 1989 to supply a high profile auctioneering facility to corporate and independent estate agents, private clients and statutory bodies. The success of our auction house is due to, and remains, attributable to a firm commitment to quality and service distinguished by both our Investors in People and ISO accreditations.

The concept of Clive Emson is to provide a specialist land and property auctioneering service and, therefore, does not compete with the traditional estate agency, mortgage broking, insurance or any other aspect of the property world. All properties upon which we are instructed are offered for sale in the auction catalogues that are compiled monthly.

The 20-25,000 full colour catalogues produced for each of our auctions are available either by post or through a network of over 850 estate agency outlets throughout Southern England. Our marketing is supported by more estate agency offices than any other auctioneers practice.

In addition lot details, catalogue downloads, viewings and legal documentation are available through this website.

Today, Clive Emson is the UK’s Leading Independent Regional Property Auctioneers. Our five strategically placed offices in the South East of England have teams with many years of land and property experience complemented by local and regional knowledge. Find out more about our wonderful team below. 


Meet the Team

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Clive Emson MBE

Chairman & Auctioneer

Clive Emson founded Clive Emson Auctioneers in 1989 following 20 years experience in both property and fine art auctioneering. He was principal auctioneer at Ward and Partners before they sold to Prudential Property Services where he was appointed the Regional Professional Services and Commercial Director for the South East and National Property auctioneer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Honoured Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

He is now Chairman of the Board and devotes more time these days to golf, travelling, Grandchildren and as President of the Young Lives Foundation – a charity of which he was founder Chairman and supports vulnerable children in Kent.

Contact Clive on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07968 780717

James Emson

Managing Director & Auctioneer

James has literally been around the auction business all of his life and joined the firm in 1991 becoming Managing Director in 2009. He first took to the rostrum in 1995 and is the Auctioneer for the Sussex area since expanding the business in 2002. He is currently president of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers along with sitting on the committee of the real estate auctions for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Away from the office you will quite often find him at motorsport events or spending time with his 2 children!

Contact James on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07968 780715
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Kent Office

John Stockey

Director & Auctioneer

John is a founder member of Clive Emson Auctioneer and has been qualified as a Chartered Surveyor since 1986. He became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1994 and is also Fellow of the National Association of Valuers & Auctioneers.

John is a Director of the company and has been conducting the Kent Auctions for more than 30 years and has a wide experience is selling a wide variety of properties including residential, commercial, development opportunities as well as investment properties, and also enjoys dealing with the more unusual Auction Lots.

John has always lived in Kent. Away from the office, he is a keen armchair football pundit and is very proud of his sons who are both studying for PHDs at university.

Contact John on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07968 780718

Kevin Gilbert

Director & Auctioneer

Kevin began his career in 1981 as office junior for a general firm of Auctioneers, first taking the rostrum in 1983. During his 14 years at this auction house he regularly sold an extensive variety of lots ranging from livestock to machinery; cars to antiques and everything in between.

While studying with the College of Estate Management, Kevin acquired a passion for land and property and decided to specialise in this area. He joined the auction department of an independent firm of estate agents in 1994, becoming their Principal Auctioneer & Valuer in 1999.

Prior to its amalgamation in 2000 with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Kevin was Vice Chairman of the Kent branch of the Incorporated Society of Valuers & Auctioneers (ISVA).

In 2003, Kevin was invited to join Clive Emson Auctioneers as Director and Auctioneer, providing auction appraisals predominantly for clients with land & property in the Kent region.

Now a Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (FNAVA) Kevin continues to thoroughly enjoy the world of land & property and regularly appears on the popular BBC series Homes Under The Hammer.

Outside of work he enjoys travelling; cooking, gardening, music, theatre and live shows.

Contact Kevin on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07968 780712

Hilary Harwin


A Founding Member of Clive Emson Auctioneers, Hilary has 40 years specialist auction experience. Hilary is a Director and the Company Secretary with main responsibility for all administration. Outside of the office, when time allows, she enjoys walking, the theatre and all forms of arts and crafts.

Contact Hilary on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07968 780716

Jon Rimmer

Auction Appraiser

Jon joined the company in 2014 and is now an Appraiser; he has gained a Technical award in Real Property Auctioneering and is a member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.  Jon predominantly covers east Kent as well as Dover, Deal and Sandwich carrying out auction appraisals.

In his spare time Jon is an avid football fan and regularly attends Tottenham matches.

Contact Jon on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07794 465401

Chris Milne

Auction Appraiser

Chris joined the company in 2016 and is now an Auction Appraiser based in our Kent office. Prior to this he trained as an apprentice at the country’s largest estate agents and is a member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. Chris is also qualified in the Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Property Management and has recently started hosting charity auctions.

In his spare time Chris is a sociable lad, that eats out A LOT and enjoys a nice holiday abroad.

Contact Chris on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07960 242252

Dean Sausby

Auction Assistant

Dean joined the Maidstone office in 2019 as an Auction Assistant. Before joining Clive Emson, Dean worked within property maintenance and renovation and looks forward to becoming an integral part of the team.

Outside of work Dean enjoys hiking, mountain biking and watching sporting events.

Contact Dean on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07812 050065

Philip Harvey

Viewings Assistant

Philip is based at the Maidstone office as one of the viewing assistants accompanying potential buyers to the properties prior to auction day.  In his spare time Philip enjoys running, and all things music and film.

Contact Philip on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07950 768080

Tracy Kidd

Production Manager

Tracy has 35 years experience in the property industry, 22 years of which being employed by Clive Emson Auctioneers. Tracy is primarily responsible for catalogue production, is a senior secretary and is interested in Tudor history, yoga, art and gardening.

Contact Tracy on:

Office: 01622 608400

Kim King

Legals Manager

Kim has over 28 years comprehensive conveyancing experience and joined the company 14 years ago as our Legal Co-ordinator/Manager. Kim reviews all legal packs, liaises with Sellers legal representatives and provides guidance to Sellers and Solicitors regarding legal documentation prior to exchange.

Kim’s interests are gardening and walking with her Greyhound Tig together with some babysitting duties for her grandchildren Callum, George and Jack.

Contact Kim on:

Office: 01622 608400

Mylee Drake

Accounts Manager

Mylee has over 30 years experience in Accountancy and manages the day-to-day accounting functions for the company. She attends the auctions on a regular basis and is the remote bidding Co-ordinator.

Contact Mylee on:

Office: 01622 608400
Mobile: 07375 221979

Julie Weal

Accounts Clerk

Julie joined the Accounts Department in the Kent office in 2010 and has recently completed studying AAT Levels 2 & 3 at Mid Kent College and also attends the Kent Auctions on a regular basis. Julie enjoys shopping, music and gardening.

Contact Julie on:

Office: 01622 608400

Jo Ferigan

Legals Assistant

Jo joined Clive Emson Auctioneers in 2004 as a Legal Document Scanning Clerk and provides administration support to the Legal Department and to Reception. She is also a key member of staff on auction days. Outside of work she enjoys walking her three dogs and socialising with family and friends.

Contact Jo on:

Office: 01622 608400

Jade Smith

Legals Co-ordinator

Jade joined the company as an office junior in 2009 after leaving college, she then became an administrator and now her current job role is Legals Co-ordinator. Her main roles are liaising with Solicitors and checking/processing the legal documentation ready for onward distribution to prospective bidders. She is our Money Laundering Clerk, provides additional support for Reception, carries out general administration and is also involved in the production of the auction catalogues and website administration.

Out of the office Jade enjoys visits to the gym and socialising with friends.

Contact Jade on:

Office: 01622 608400

Tracey Luckham


Tracey joined the company in March 2015 as Senior Secretary and is a member of the Production Team. Outside of work she keeps an eye on her young adult twin daughters! One attending University and one undertaking an apprenticeship.

Contact Tracey on:

Office: 01622 608400

Julie Hills

Viewings Assistant

Julie is based at the Maidstone office as one of the viewing assistants accompanying potential buyers to the properties prior to auction day.

Andrea Danes


Andrea joined the company in 2019 and is responsible for the day-to-day running of our Reception, meeting and greeting visitors, dealing with their enquiries and also dealing with the administration work for the Maidstone Office. Outside of the office Andrea enjoys skiing, cycling and the soul music scene including Northern Soul and Modern Jazz.

Contact Andrea on:

Office: 01622 608400
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Sussex Office

Sam Kinloch

Director & Senior Auction Appraiser

Sam joined the company in 2003 as a negotiator and now sits on the Board of Directors. Formerly in the forestry industry, Sam now follows on the tradition of a long family line of property professionals, which include Surveyors, Auctioneers and Estate Agents. Based in our Brighton office and overseeing the running of the Sussex & Surrey area he is also a member of the National Association of Estate Agents and the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

Outside of the office Sam enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.

Contact Sam on:

Office: 01273 504232
Mobile: 07968 780714

Richard Payne

Senior Auction Appraiser & Auctioneer

Richard has worked in all aspects of the property industry including residential and commercial agency in Brighton and Hove for over 25 years and conducted his first auction in 2007. He had a brief hiatus for five years to study Language Teaching at Brighton University and worked overseas in Barcelona, Spain and Poland for the British Council.

Richard joined Clive Emson in 2015 having previously been the principal auctioneer for a local firm of Chartered Surveyors for 15 years. Richard lives in Mid Sussex with his wife and two daughters and enjoys cycling and running in his spare time.

Contact Richard on:

Office: 01273 504232
Mobile: 07494 549662

Emma Dean

Digital Marketing Manager

Emma joined the company in 2009 as secretary/typesetter for the Sussex & Surrey office after previously working for Sussex Police and, before that, a local Brighton firm of solicitors. Emma’s role has now developed into dealing with the company’s marketing, digital marketing and social media sites and, when not tweeting on behalf of the company, she enjoys snowboarding, walking her rescued French Bulldog, cooking and socialising with friends and family.

Contact Emma on:

Office: 01273 504232

Kirsty Hughes


Kirsty joined the company in 2014 and is the Secretary in the Sussex & Surrey Office. Her role is to provide administrative and secretarial support. She also helps with catalogue production and the general day to day running of the Sussex & Surrey Office. Away from work Kirsty enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and going to the gym.

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Karina Koshlaf

Viewings Assistant

Karinas first introduction to Clive Emson Auctioneers was when she attended an auction. She found the auction process interesting and liked the staff so much that she applied for a job!

Karina now finds herself driving to the far reaches of Sussex and Surrey showing prospective purchasers the Lots on offer in the region. She also assists at the Brighton auction which she very much enjoys.

Contact Karina on:

Mobile: 07494 888761
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Hampshire Office

Rob Marchant

Regional Director & Auctioneer

Rob started in the property industry with a national chain in 1987 and took an immediate interest in auctioneering, becoming one of the firms auctioneers in 1997. Rob joined Clive Emson Auctioneers in 2003 and oversees the firms Hampshire office, covering Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and a large chunk of Dorset and Wiltshire.

Rob is a Fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers, and is also a twice past Chairman and ongoing committee member of the Portsmouth Property Association.

Contact Rob on:

Office: 01489 564606
Mobile: 07771 771867

Michael Marchant

Senior Auction Appraiser

Mike joined the Hampshire office of Clive Emson Auctioneers during the summer of 2013 as trainee negotiator, carrying out viewings for the properties all across the region and learning the auction business as he went. He has since passed his NFOPP Level 3 award in Real Property Auctioneering and is now a fully qualified member of NAVA. Mike is also a keen and active member of both the local Portsmouth and Southampton Property Associations and has helped to organise the recent Portsmouth Property Association annual dinner. Mike currently deals with the Bournemouth and Dorset section of the region.

Away from the office, much to the annoyance of his wife Kelly, Mike is keen to watch just about any sport there is! But with a particular interest in playing cricket and watching football.

Contact Michael on:

Office: 01489 564606
Mobile: 07812 050064

Nicky Bush


Nicky joined the Hampshire team of Clive Emson Auctioneers in 2013. Her role is to provide administrative, secretarial and reception support, and to help with general duties on auction days. A new skill Nicky has learned in her time with the firm has been catalogue production and she plays a very full part in producing our 8 catalogues each year. In her spare time, Nicky enjoys walking and agility training with her energetic working dog!

Contact Nicky on:

Office: 01489 564606

Jackie Piggott


Jackie is new to the team, joining the Hampshire office in July 2018. She provides administrative and secretarial support and is involved with catalogue production. She started her working life as secretary to Livestock auctioneers so slightly different to property! Outside of the office Jackie keeps busy walking her Springer/Collie rescue dog, Pilates and sugar craft.

Contact Jackie on:

Office: 01489 564606

Scott Woodford

Viewings Assistant

Scott is based at the Hampshire office as the viewings assistant who accompanies potential buyers to the properties prior to auction day.

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West Country Office

Katie Semmens

Senior Auction Appraiser

With her Estate Agency and Auction background Katie has been providing advice to Private and Corporate clients on all types of property and land assets for over a decade. She grew up on a farm in the west of Cornwall but now lives in Exeter within walking distance of the office with her relatively new husband and their very new son, Charlie.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys the gym, spending quality time with family and friends and, of course, the off bit of shopping here and there.

Contact Katie on:

Office: 01392 366555
Mobile: 07581 732510

David Henwood

Senior Auction Appraiser
BA (Hons)

Born and raised in Cornwall, David studied for a property related degree and graduated in the summer of 2010. He previously worked in the Kent branch of the company and is now based at the West Country office where he is responsible for conducting auction appraisals across his home county.

He is a Fellow of the National Association of Valuers & Auctioneers and won the coveted Novice Auctioneer of the Year Competition in 2019. Outside of the office David enjoys watching most sports and supports Arsenal Football Club.

Contact David on:

Office: 01392 366555
Mobile: 07792 807349

Audrey Smith

Senior Auction Appraiser

Audrey has been a member of the Clive Emson team for over two years having previously worked for a large corporate auction company for nearly a decade. She has been directly involved from start to finish in the disposal of millions of pounds worth of residential and commercial property throughout the South West with a background in lettings proving to be an invaluable tool.

Audrey has a farming heritage and outside of work still enjoys all things rural along with trips to the gym, retail shopping therapy and spending time with her family.

Contact Audrey on:

Office: 01392 366555
Mobile: 07581 732549

Tom Lowe

Trainee Auction Appraiser

Tom hails from Plymouth and before joining Clive Emson in January 2018 worked for a general building and roofing firm where his interest in property and construction first blossomed.

He recently passed his exams to qualify as a Member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers and outside of the office likes to go to the gym, play/watch football and socialise with his friends.


Contact Tom on:

Office: 01392 366555
Mobile: 07966 348667

Sally Worrall


Sally joined the company in 2010 as a secretary for the West Country office. She ensures the smooth administrative running of the office and in addition to her secretarial duties is a member of the Catalogue Production Team.

In her spare time Sally likes paddle boarding, body boarding, walks around the beautiful West Country and socialising with friends.

Contact Sally on:

Office: 01392 366555
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Essex Office

Paul Bridgeman

Regional Director & Auctioneer
President FNAVA

Paul joined the company in December 2014 and is the Re auctioneer for the Essex office. On leaving school he started working in estate agency as a YTS apprentice working his way up to senior negotiator, five years later joining the auction profession in 1997. He first took to the rostrum in Glasgow in October 2006 and then went on to sell in various locations around the UK. Paul is a past president of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers and still involved as an active committee member pushing for higher standards in the industry.

Away from the office Paul enjoys music and most sports especially rugby, football and motor racing.

Contact Paul on:

Office: 01245 205778
Mobile: 07539 977974

Martin Hardy

Operations Manager

Martin joined the company in February 2015 helping to launch the Essex Branch, having previously worked for a large national auctioneer covering the whole of the UK for over 17 years. Martin started his property career back in the early 90’s working for Black Horse Agency’s part of the Lloyds Banking Group and rapidly made his way up the ranks from office junior to the dizzy heights of Senior Negotiator, becoming one of the company’s top negotiators.  Seeking a new challenge within the property industry, in early 1998 he joined the auction division of the UK’s largest property company and specialised in property auctions becoming Head of Sales, Marketing and Operations across the UK.

Martin now brings a wealth of experience to the table and is a member of both the National Association of Estate Agents and National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers. In his spare time he continues to moon-light as a taxi driver for his children.

Contact Martin on:

Office: 01245 205778
Mobile: 07487 797563

Russell Hawkes

Senior Auction Appraiser

Russell is a member of NAVA and joined the Essex office in 2020, bringing almost 30 years of residential sales, lettings and auction experience. He started his career as a trainee chartered surveyor straight from leaving school and has worked in every aspect of the property industry but his real passion is auctioneering.

Outside of work, he shares life with his wife, two grown up daughters and their beloved cocker spaniel, Oreo.

In his spare time Russell is a self-confessed horse racing pundit, a long suffering West Ham United supporter, neophyte drummer, DIY amateur and a single malt on the rocks connoisseur!

Contact Russell on:

Office: 01245 205778
Mobile: 07948 077014

Melissa Kennedy


Melissa has been a member of the Essex office since it opened in February 2015. Since graduating from university in 2008 she has worked in a range of administration roles and started work within the property auctioneering industry in 2012. Melissa has recently passed the Level 3 NAVA (National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers) exam. Outside of the office Melissa is a member of a local book group and an avid film fan.

Contact Melissa on:

Office: 01245 205778