Following a market research apprenticeship with Unilever, Paul went clientside with Smith & Nephew and Pedigree Petfoods. Moving into advertising at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, he became head of Planning at Young & Rubicam and SPLintas. Paul was Chairman and CEO of The Henley Centre working on future strategic direction for a wide range of clients. At Henley, Paul was a frequent commentator on TV and Radio on branding, consumer and new media matters. A spell as group CEO for Lowe & Partners serving clients’ integrated marketing needs was followed by joining Publicis in 2004 as Chief Strategy Officer. Paul re-joined Research International in August 2007 and became Chairman of the UK business following the merger with TNS. In March 2011 he joined Hall & Partners, the Omnicom owned global advertising research company as European CEO.
Paul is now helping a variety of companies in a non-executive capacity- his alternative title is: “Ad-man, researcher and futurist”, which he uses occasionally
Nikki Lavoie, Director of the up-and-coming MindSpark Research International, is a spirited and intuitive qualitative specialist who translates her passion for understanding people into strategic insight. Although she is experienced in both traditional and contemporary approaches, she has focused largely on combining ethnographic and digital techniques in a cross-cultural context, as a result of her years spent in the US and as an expat living in Paris. She has written and presented on the power of language and culture within a research context, the use of Emotional Intelligence as an insight asset, and has challenged conventional incentive approaches as means of motivating participants.
I am founder of The Seed, a research & strategy consultancy dedicated to helping brands grow. My background is a rare blend of experience across the marketing and communications spectrum including time spent at several media and creative agencies, a media owner and a decade building my own research and strategy company. My mission is to provide brand owners with a fresh, independent, common sense insight into the multiple challenges facing their brands & categories and although the context may be complex, I always aim to deliver recommendations that are clear, simple & actionable.
Vanella is the Global CEO of Hall & Partners. Before this she spent 20 years in some of the world's best advertising agencies, including BBH, BBDO and JWT. Vanella has always been passionate about brands and communications, how they are created, and how they work. She constantly strives for outstanding creativity in anything she is involved in.
Siamack Salari is a leading global expert in ethnographic and customer journey research, with more than 20 years’ experience pioneering developments in the field. As well as running in-house research units at several major international communications agencies, his extensive career has seen him found successful research businesses, and develop the world’s first mobile ethnographic research app. He also lectures in observational research at leading universities in the UK, France and India, and is a visiting fellow at King’s College London’s Department of Management.
Rebecca Wynberg is an expert in qualitative market research. A Fellow of the Market Research Society, she has over 30 years’ experience helping global brands understand their consumers and develop marketing and advertising strategies for long term growth. Her experience includes: successful entrepreneur, having established and grown two successful businesses, one of which was sold to WPP; external consultant to Unilever, shaping their Global Qualitative Accreditation Programme; Global CEO of Kantar TNS Qualitative Practice; Cancer Charity Chair. Rebecca currently runs her consultancy - Wy, offering multi-market research, marketing consultancy and tailor made training for practitioners and clients.
Gurpinder has over 12 years of research experience and heads up the in-house qualitative research team at Sky. He’s passionate about doing great research and enjoys working with stakeholders to craft solutions based around delivering actionable insights.
Jocelyn Jackson is a Research Director with Ketchum Global Research & Analytics (KGRA) in London with a focus on target audience insights.
With a research career that began as media analysis expert, Jocelyn has deep experience in the field. She has developed and led media measurement programs for several clients. She works closely with clients and partners to goal set and develop key performance indicators (KPIs) best suited to understand each client’s communication programs. Along the way, Jocelyn became passionate about target audience insights – whether it be the media, consumers or employees – and mining for human truths based on the target’s identity.
Sam built his career at Kantar and specialised in running large, global, consumer and shopper research programmes for a variety of clients. Most recently he led innovation efforts in the areas of data integration and data management platforms.
He is responsible for running the Moment10 business, who build stories for clients by finding the powerful moments of insights from across the data ecosystem.
With over twenty years in financial research, Mark has huge experience in helping companies bring better products and services to market. His experience covers retail banking, cards, investments and insurance, working across the full product/service lifecycle from early stage opportunity identification through to proposition optimisation, delivery and branding / communication. While the full range of qualitative and quantitative approaches have been central to his work, a key reason for joining Strive was the additional focus on helping clients make better use of existing knowledge and insight sitting in the business.
Sid worked at Research International and McKinsey before founding Incite Marketing Planning in 2000. He sold Incite in 2012. Since then, he has been working as a consultant, helping companies understand how their customers choose products. He has recently been awarded a Doctorate in Behavioural Science from Cranfield University.
Ashley oversees all business operations for Culture Engineers and advises clients on internal & external communications strategy, branding, employee experience and management practices. Over her career, Ashley has developed internal and external communication and marketing plans for start-ups and mature global businesses, and she has a passion for inside out brand development.
Ashley has served as a C-suite advisor, and has managed communications and change through several acquisitions (and subsequent integrations), CEO transitions, new strategy roll-outs, re-branding, and global HQ relocations. She has lived and worked in the US, UK, and Singapore.
Ashley graduated from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the oldest of eight children, and mother of two. In her free time, she runs (10K per day!) and enjoys traveling, skiing, and sailing.
With over 20 years of research and innovation experience, Ed loves to experiment and push his clients to be more customer inspired. This often requires multiple-techniques and big leaps of faith. But without a few risks and the odd night of cold sweats, how else can we push ourselves further?
Katie has been telling stories, in some way or another, for as long as she can remember. Now she has the joy of telling them about IKEA. With more than a decade of experience helping brands and organisations be the change they want to see, Katie has concluded that there’s no point showing up if you don’t have a great tale to share.
Beth Broughton is Firefish’s US Managing Director. She is a senior business leader with over 20 years of insight-driven brand and strategy development and has conducted a wide variety projects in a plethora of markets all over the world. Her varied background gives her a unique talent for focusing on the key issues and challenges at the heart of a client’s problem to ensure that the work has the greatest impact and ROI possible.
Santanu Chakrabarti is the Head of Audience Insight at the BBC World Service, leading a team that works across quantitative,qualitative, analytics, and data science disciplines, among others. Santanu has experience in commercial, charity, academic and public service sectors in marketing, strategy and research roles. He has published papers in leading peer reviewed journals and edited volumes, and has presented in conferences around the world. He has a PhD in Communication & Information from Rutgers University and an MBA from MICA, Ahmedabad.
Part of the highly selective management traineeship of the 4th largest dairy company worldwide. Working for the Consumer Dairy Africa department.
- Managing Activation & Promotion budget planning & create and execute A&P activities in Middle & East Africa, incl. Maldives. Both Push (Consumer) and Pull (wholesale) promotions.
- Hosting workshops in Maldives, DRCongo, Djibouti in order to improve our visibility in the market.
- Introduction new product propositions in local African Markets – managing & aligning needs of customers’ demand, supply chain-, marketing- & sales managers.
- Relationship management & country visits to distributors from country portfolio (24 countries).
Tamara is UK Insights Manager at innocent. She has been at innocent for 5 years, seeing the company become the biggest chilled juice brand in the UK. Previously Tamara has led consumer insight for premium brands in health & beauty and wines & spirits.
Susie’s career began at Millward Brown International, specializing in brand and communications research. Prior to joining Shoppercentric in 2011, Susie spent 10 years at Marks & Spencer, where she was Head of Research.
Sunam is a qualitative specialist with a passion for ethnographic studies and youth research. She started her career at a specialist kids and youth agency and now heads up this discipline at Trinity McQueen. Sunam has previously presented at the MRS Kids and Youth Conference in Jan 2017.
Claire is a public affairs expert and leads the work of Internet Matters with policymakers and stakeholders. She has worked for blue chip companies for 20+years and has a long track record of successfully changing corporate reputations. Claire is committed to helping children navigate the wonders of the internet safely.
Grace is an Insight and Innovation specialist with Bord Bia. Prior to this, Grace worked in advertising for the Grey Group and Publicis. At Bord Bia, Grace works with start-up’s through to larger organisations helping them to understand the importance of being consumer-led when developing brand-led growth opportunities.
Christian oversees Stylus research, reporting and forum presentations on trends in marketing, advertising, culture and media.Christian spent many years as a music journalist for the NME, before transitioning into PR, where he promoted a host of European start-ups including SoundCloud and Last.fm. Before joining Stylus, he worked as a digital communications strategist at the BBC, publicising iPlayer innovation and the BBC's digital coverage of the 2012 Olympics.
Chris is one of the founders of Brand Potential and board sponsor for client development and insight. Chris’s background spans client-side retail and publishing, research, design and advertising agencies,helping to ensure Brand Potential always deliver commercial insight for their clients. Previous agencies include Illuminus, Banner Corporation, Prescient and 1HQ.
Elizabeth P. Morgan is a co-founder of Market Logic and SVP of Marketing. She is a serial entrepreneur and passionate advocate for insight-driven marketing processes to achieve true customer centricity. Prior to Market Logic, Elizabeth was group vice president of marketing at VPI Systems, and a communications infrastructure consultant.
Jamie Rayner is the Senior Shopper & Trade Insight Manager at Imperial Tobacco, a position he has held for 4 years. In his role he is identifying untapped customer and shopper insight needs and translating shopper learning into tangible output to share within the organization.
Debbie Newbould founded ONE MS 15 years ago and has watched the solutions driven agency grow from strength to strength. Debbie has previously presented case studies on Waitrose and Pizza Hut at recent MRS conferences. She has sat on the Board of the AQR.
Samantha Bond specializes in international qualitative research. She has 6 years of experience consulting on the design and execution of complex multi-market qualitative projects, using both traditional and innovative methodologies. She currently has a keen interest in learning how to use automation to our advantage in qualitative research.
Adrian started his career at Research International before moving to Western Union where he was worked for more than a decade. His role at WU covers the full range of business challenges including product innovation, segmentation/consumer needs and communications.
Miriam is head of RICU at the Home Office where she has developed a focus on Serious and Organised Crime.
Helen has worked in Out of Home marketing for over twelve years, ten of them with Ocean, where she has been closely involved in its growth as a unique, specialised outdoor provider. She implemented the Ocean Digital Creative Competition, now in its eighth year and has overseen Ocean’s neuroscience research.
Lucy Bush is a Research Director at BritainThinks. She has worked in the research industry for over nine years, graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Social Anthropology before specialising in research with hard-to-reach and vulnerable audiences.