Debbie Fortune Founder 

Our original founder spent her career selling local homes since 1978, and over the years has dealt with literally thousands of sales covering North Somerset and Somerset, including Wrington Vale, the Yeo Valley, Chew Valley and The Mendips. Her knowledge and expertise of this area are, in our opinion, unmatched. 

Lisa Baines Managing Director 

Our Managing Director Lisa, joined us in 2013 and has over 25 years estate agency experience within North Somerset, Somerset and Bristol. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys nothing more than a good book or a walk on the beach with her dogs and family. 

Neil Drejer Director and Head of Sales 

Director and head of sales, Neil Drejer, joined us in 2016, from Savills in Bath, where he was an Associate Director. He has followed our company’s growth since 2009, and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in all sorts of property, including high net worth homes. Neil oversees the sales teams throughout the company but predominately bases himself in Congresbury and Chew Magna. Outside of work Neil has a busy family life with his wife and two children, and is an avid supporter of Bristol Bears Rugby. 


Scott Higgins Branch Manager 

Scott oversees the sales at the Chew Magna office. He has had 10 years experience in the industry and has sold every type of property you can think of. He has a very honest and practical approach while ensuring buyers and sellers are content. 

Kathryn Miller Lettings Manager 

Kathryn Miller, who originally joined us as an apprentice back in 2013, is a key and valued member of our team She has an amazing attention to detail which our clients love, which speaks for itself as the department has grown over 1,800% in the last five years. When Kathryn isn’t working, she enjoys fitness & spending time with her family. Kathryn also has a keen interest in interior design and renovation. 

Kiera Morris Operations Manager 

Kiera Morris is quite literally the glue that binds us all, her role as operations manager is varied and challenging and she is always the first to help and find a solution. She may be young in years but her experience and expertise are more than a match of someone has done the job for decades. 

Joanna Pallant Move Manager 

Joanna Pallant is one of our longest serving members of staff and part of the original team when Debbie Fortune opened for business in 2009. An extremely knowledgeable and organised individual she heads up our sales progression department dealing with after sales care, liaising closely with our clients, solicitors and surveyors up to the point of completion. 

Tanisha Oatley-Summers Senior Negotiator 

A star of the present and the future, Tanisha has hit the ground running. Her enthusiasm and willingness to learn has already made her a hugely successful negotiator, she is regularly singled out for praise on our client feedback forms. 

Judi Ashworth Senior Negotiator 

Judi joined the team in 2014 and is currently one of our senior negotiators. Judi brings a wealth of business & sales skills to the team and has a brilliant work ethic too! When she isn’t at work Judi enjoys spending time by the sea, particularly in Cornwall. 

Sharon Everett Senior Negotiator 

Having worked in the Chew Valley and surrounding area for over 30 years, Sharon has worked with Debbie on various occasions over the years, firstly back in 1988 when she began her career in estate agency. As expected, Sharon has been involved with all sorts of property over the years and shows a particular keen interest in houses with some land, which is reflected in her interests as a small holder, horse rider and keen gardener. 

Andrew Sweet Senior Negotiator 

A recent addition to the team Andrew brings with him nearly 10 year’s estate agency experience in the local market place. A keen actor Andrew has appeared in many well-known T.V programmes, as well as his claim to fame, ‘Star Wars’. A personable, friendly and hard working Estate agent who regularly receives excellent customer feedback, we are delighted to have Andrew on board. 

Mia Castleton Senior Lettings Negotiator 

Mia is our newest member of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agents Lettings Team. She has five years previous experience letting properties in the Bristol area, and is very excited to be part of the team! Mia enjoys walking her dogs in the Chew Valley countryside when she isn’t at work. 

Victoria Taylor Senior Lettings Negotiator 

With over 25 years in customer service, Victoria’s positive, professional nature and her attention to customer delight makes her the perfect fit within Debbie Fortune Estate Agents Lettings team. In her spare time, Victoria loves spending time with her family and is a very keen equestrian. 

Todd Masters Negotiator 

As former head boy at Priory School, he’s already proving to be the perfect fit within Debbie Fortune Estate Agents with his attention to detail and enthusiasm for customer delight. In his spare time, Todd can be found discovering the beauty of Cornwall on his bike. Interestingly, Todd is also training in paramotoring so you may see him taking aerial shots of all our properties at some point in the future....... 

Kerrie-Anne Morris Negotiator 

Kerrie-Anne has lived and worked in the Chew Valley most of her life. Kerrie-Anne has a passion for all things property related and has overseen several renovation projects herself in recent years. A friendly, personable and incredibly knowledgeable lady who we are incredibly lucky to have in our team. 

Neasha Date Negotiator 

Neasha began working for Debbie Fortune Estate Agents in 2018 but has a lot of experience having worked as an agent in Bristol too. Neasha has great sales ability and knows the Chew Valley area very well indeed! When not at work Neasha enjoys spending time with both her family and daughter. 

Wendy Stevens Negotiator 

Combining her part time role with a successful career in hospitality, Wendy has exceptional experience in her field makes her a perfect go to person and problem solver. Highly organised and adaptable, her passion for property shows through in everything she does. 

Kate Weaver Negotiator 

Kate brings to the team many years of valuable face to face customer services experience. Kate has always had a huge interest in all things property and we are glad to say, she has now decided to follow her passion and embark on a new career in the industry. Kate lives locally with her husband, a respected Gentleman’s barber with her two young children. We are thrilled to now have Kate as a member of our team. 

Julie Green Negotiator 

Julie Green our negotiator is without question one of the most knowledgeable and reliable sources of information about the local area and what’s going on. A keen walker in her spare time, there is not a footpath or bridleway that Julie hasn’t walked and she is an expert at guiding you to the best local places to eat! 

Maureen James Business Administrator 

An ever present since the opening of our Backwell office in 2017, as a highly skilled administrator and secretary, she not only looks after the clerical side of the business, she also readily involves herself in every aspect of estate agency as well. A real team player. 

Maisie Brunsdon Business Adminstrator Apprentice 

Maisie is a former Backwell School pupil and knows the area very well and has joined the Congresbury team as an apprentice whilst studying for her level two in customer service practitioner. She has already shown an incredible aptitude and desire to learn and has a bubbly and friendly nature, whilst being incredibly organised. We are sure all her attributes will stand her in good stead for a long and successful career in estate agency. 

Daniella Nicholson Apprentice Trainee Negotiator 

Daniella is of our newest recruits and a former pupil at Backwell School. She is currently living in Cleeve which means she is also very familiar with the local area. Daniella is full of life and ambition, she has previously worked in various hospitality settings, she is confident and now ready for a new challenge. 
Paul Offley is our compliance officer and is based at The Guild of Property Professionals office in Park Lane, London. 

"Over 40 years experience with the community at heart" 

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