Meet our committee

Emma Vigus

Emma Vigus

Chair of WIRP and Business Development Director, Real Estate at Aon

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.

Rachel Griffiths

Head of Panel Management and External Operations, SDL Surveying 

Rachels’ career in the property and financial services industry spans twenty years.  In 2016, Rachel joined SDL Surveying to develop and expand SDL’s network of independent surveying firms.  Since then, the network has grown from three firms to over one hundred and fifteen and in excess of 370 surveyors, delivering market leading service. Rachel is passionate about building trusted business partnerships and she has taken on the responsibility of role modelling and supporting future leaders through a training and talent academy with SDL surveying.

Head of Panel Management and External Operations, SDL Surveying
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Karen Babington

Karen has over 25 years’ experience in the legal, property and mortgage market. She has worked in several senior management positions which include three conveyancing panel management companies. Following the sale of Easier2move in 2010 (which Karen co-founded) to My Home Move (now Simplify), Karen took up the role of Corporate Sales Director.  Until recently, Karen was an owner and Director of Lawyer Checker, a company which provides risk management products to law firms.  Karen also co-founded Solve Legal, now known as Today’s Media, which incorporates three leading legal publications including Today’s Conveyancer. Solve Legal founded the British Conveyancing Awards, now in it’s second year.

Celia Candebat

Senior Marketing Executive, Groundsure

I have ten years’ experience in marketing working for B2B companies in Brighton. This has allowed me to accumulate experience across channels both online and offline. My favourite thing about marketing is the chance to work with different teams and different people. I have been with Groundsure, the leading environmental and mining search provider, since January 2019 working on the Searches side of the business. I am still a newbie in the world of conveyancing and property but a keen learner! The WIRP and its meetings have been a great support network throughout lockdown so I decided to get involved. I am excited to join the organisational committee and to help grow the reach and impact of this wonderful group and help organise exciting events for its members!

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Charlee McLaughlin

Client Content Production, WPB

I have been a member of WIRP since 2018 and have met countless memorable ladies along the way. Being a part of a group like this has enabled me to flourish professionally and personally. As a young person at the start of my career, it was quite daunting meeting new people in the industry at first, but WIRP has helped me find my place and blossom in conversations. On a day-to-day basis, I am a Client Content Producer for WPB, a marketing agency for the wider financial services and housing sectors.

Clare Yates

Independent Consultant, CY Training Works

Clare is a freelance training consultant, helping law firms to generate more business, improve customer care and cross-sell more related services. Clare has been working in the property industry since the early 1990s and her passion for the business has driven her career from estate agency to new-build sales, holiday cottages, panel management, lettings and property management, selling conveyancing services and training consultancy. She has personally visited over 300 law firms and 2,500 estate agency branches throughout England & Wales and has worked with some of the very best law firms and estate agents in the country.

Clare Yates, Independent Consultant, CY Training Works

Megan Jones

Senior Marketing Executive, tmgroup

Since joining tmgroup’s marketing team back in 2016, Megan has been absorbed in the ever-changing world of property. Making good use of her writing skills and creativity, she’s developed research, articles, and more on everything from cyber crime and anti-money laundering, to customer service and the impact of the stamp duty holiday. More recently, she’s also taken on a leading role in running tm:tv. Beyond enjoying the variety of the events themselves, she loves the way WIRP brings women together from every nook and cranny of the property transaction to share ideas and learn – and in support of a worthy cause too.

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