Meet our committee

Nicola Broomham

Chair of WIRP

Nicola Broomham is a Director at deverellsmith, one of the UK’s leading property recruitment firms. She brings over two decades of real estate expertise. As a key figure in the industry, Nicola’s insight extends to global real estate players, with an extensive network and deep insights into the real estate market. Hailing from a property-oriented family, Nicola embodies a direct and results-driven approach. Her journey began in estate agency for 10 years, before she moved into recruitment and established Broomham Recruitment in 2020, focusing on improved recruitment practices. This company was acquired by deverellsmith in 2022 where Nicola remains in a leadership role. Nicola is passionate about improving the real estate sector for all, with better opportunities for women, attracting talent into the sector and evolving the industry in a positive way for all those working in it. Beyond work, Nicola embraces her roles as a wife, mother of three, and avid gin enthusiast. 

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Emma Vigus

Emma Vigus – Sector Lead – Insurance

Emma launched WIRP in 2017 and has worked closely with the real estate industry for almost 15 years.  Emma believes that effective collaboration between all those involved in residential property from house builders through to estate agents and onto suppliers is vital to improving the consumer experience of the sector and to resolving some of the long-standing challenges the sector faces.  Emma is also a very firm believer in the importance of professional support networks which WIRP aims to help women develop.

Alice Bullard

Alice Bullard – Sector Lead – Estate Agency

Alice Bullard is Managing Director at Nested, one of the UK’s leading self-employed estate agencies. Her journey with Nested commenced in 2017 when she joined as a Sales Associate, following five years of experience at Countrywide. Demonstrating her exceptional dedication and leadership skills, Alice ascended to the role of Managing Director in 2022. 

Within the estate agency sector, female leadership is notably underrepresented. Alice is deeply committed to changing this and wants to see more opportunities opening up for women who are eager to build successful careers in the property industry.

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Susan Gregory

Susan Gregory- Sector Lead – Later Living

Susan has been a senior leader in corporate, independent and start-up estate agencies for 15 years. She completed an MSc in People & Organisational Development in 2021 with a focus on organisational structures, strategy, purpose and leadership development.  She is now an industry consultant as well as the Founder of Turners Oak – an estate agency and consultancy specifically supporting older homeowners and their families as they navigate the uniqueness of a move in later life.

Susan has been vocal with her constructive criticism of the gender pay gap in estate agency, specifically in the upper quartile of our organisations, and champions the research that suggests it is a symptom of systemic issues that need to be addressed in order to make significant progress.

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Ellie Rees

Ellie studied Illustration & Fine Art and exhibited internationally, receiving residencies and awards, including a Jerwood prize. She also worked in opera and lectured at Chelsea art school for many years.

A chance meeting with Rex when viewing a house changed her path, and they soon began investigating how they could combine their skills to create a new type of estate agency.

These days, Ellie brings her entrepreneurial spirit to her role as Director of New Business, overseeing valuations. Her passion for gender politics and equality within the industry is currently playing out in a campaign called Dear Sirs – a move to eradicate the commonplace salutation within the legal and property professions.

Married to Rex, Ellie lives with their two girls in a ramshackle bungalow in rural Wiltshire