Meet our committee

WIRP is run on a not for profit basis and would not exist without the hard work and support of our committee.

Emma Vigus

Emma Vigus

Chair of WIRP and Managing Director at mio

Emma launched WIRP in 2017 and has worked closely with the residential property industry for over a decade. Emma believes that effective collaboration between the professions is vital to improving residential property transaction and customer experience and to ensuring a sustainable long term future for many of the businesses involved in the sector.

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

Commercial Director, Practical Vision Network

Karen has over 20 years experience in the legal, property and mortgage market. She has worked in a number of senior management positions which include three conveyancing panel management companies in addition to My Home Move, following the sale of her business Easier2move.  Today Karen is an owner and Director of Lawyer Checker, a company which provides risk management products to law firms and the Commercial Director of Practical Vision.  Karen finds that working together and sharing experiences and foresight with members of WIRP has been invaluable.

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
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Rachael Hodge

Client Relationship Manager, tmgroup

Rachael has worked in the property industry for nearly ten years, working for a search company, a ground risk assessment specialist, and a property law firm. Rachael recently joined tmgroup supporting law firms with conveyancing and real estate departments to streamline their property transactions and manage risk. She believes that honest conversation and open-minded collaboration across the industry is the key to positive change, and since attending her first WIRP event in 2019 has found the informal but candid conversations very insightful.

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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