The MRS Senior Council was established to help provide collective coherent senior client leadership to support the MRS in two main areas:

  • Creating a contemporary vision and position for the insight and research sector outside the marketing ‘silo’, and positioning it as a major corporate driver of change and growth
  • Providing encouragement to ensure the sector is fit for purpose as an employer, demonstrating best practice on inclusion, ethical standards and professionalism.

The Council is chaired by Stan Stanunathan, Executive Vice President, Consumer & Market Insights, Unilever. 

The MRS Senior Client Council includes: Stan Sthanunathan (chair), Unilever; Tim Warner, Pepsico; Catherine Hunt, Cabinet Office; Stuart McDonald, Centrica;  Rufus Radcliffe, ITV; Harry Davies, Google; Zoe Ruffels, GSK; Liz Lamb, ASDA; Paddy Barwise, London Business School; Claire Rainey, Telefonica; Joanne Pearson, Jaguar Landrover; Raj Kumar, Aviva; Brian Pressey, TUI and Georgina White, BT.                                         

Executive Vice President – CMI, Unilever

Stan Sthanunathan joined Unilever in July 2013 as Executive Vice President of Consumer & Market Insights. As chief provocateur, he heads up the insights function globally and is based in London.
Prior to joining Unilever, he was Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Insights for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, heading up the function on a global basis.
Some of his many external affiliations included being a Board Member at the Advertising Research Foundation. He was also the Chairman of On-Line Data Quality Council of ARF, and lectured on insights at Sloan Business School (MIT), Yale, University of Wisconsin. Stan is a Patron and Fellow of The Market Research Society.
Emeritus Professor of management and marketing, London Business School

He joined LBS in 1976 after an early career at IBM and has published widely on management, marketing and media. His latest book, The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader, co-authored with former McKinsey partner Thomas Barta, was published in 2016.
Head of Marketing Measurement and Attribution, Google UK

Harry started his career in account planning and evaluation, working on campaigns for the UK Government - convincing people to stop doing things that they enjoyed and start doing things they didn't. He then moved to Google where he has had a range of roles working on marketing strategy. He took a short holiday to work at Amazon, launching their self service ads products across Europe, but missed Google so much, he came back to lead the Measurement and Attribution team in the UK. The team aims to use science to make every ad effective, they focus on marketing experiments, attribution modeling and connecting online and offline activities. He is also studying for a PhD looking into how businesses are using large data sets to improve their marketing effectiveness.
Head of Insight and Evaluation, Cabinet Office

Group Dir. Corporate reputation & brand governance, Aviva Plc

Raj is a seasoned business professional who has lived and worked across the globe in different industries. He has held leadership roles in Asia and Europe with companies like Siemens AG, Nokia Oyj and Experian Plc. He has established and grown marketing functions from scratch as well as transforming marketing teams through collaborative, customer focused strategy. His focus is on setting a positive, inclusive culture that embraces change.

Raj joined Aviva in 2013 as head of marketing and is currently the group reputation and brand governance director, he is obsessed with building and protecting Aviva’s brand and reputation.

Raj is a board trustee at the Princes’ Teaching Institute, one of the Prince of Wales’ charities, helping teachers rediscover the love of their subject, inspiring them to bring the latest thinking into classrooms across the UK.

Senior Director, Data & Insight, CRM, CX, ASDA

Liz Lamb joined Asda in 2011 as Head of Insight Planning, and now heads up Customer Insight for the business. Her career has spanned some 23 years, and prior to joining Asda, she has held Insight, Marketing & CX roles at Post Office, Sainsbury’s & Debenhams.
Director of Insight & Return on Marketing Investment, Centrica Plc

Stuart started his career at Express Newspapers, moving from there to News International (now News UK), Post Office, AIG and finally to Centrica.

His career has spanned some 20 years in customer focussed roles, within insight and customer experience, with many established and international brands.

At the end of 2017, Stuart joined Centrica Plc as Director of Insight and Return on Marketing Investment in the Group Marketing team. His role is to work closely with stakeholders and the individual business units that make up Centrica, to increase the culture of customer centricity across the group and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the marketing investment.

Joanne Pearson, Global Customer Insights Director

Joanne Pearson joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2015 in the newly created role of Global Customer Insights Director, responsible for bringing the voice of the customer into the company. She is also the Business Lead for Diversity & Inclusion bringing her passion for understanding people to the employee engagement agenda. She joined JLR from a 10 year career at Vodafone where she was Global Head of Customer Insight and was part of the mobile revolution - seeing mobile phones go from low penetration call and occasional texting devices to full internet on your mobile and devices which consumers could no longer live without! Prior to Vodafone Joanne spent 10 years working for Barclaycard in a variety of consumer and business to business marketing roles. She holds a degree in Technology and Management Science and an MBA.

Joanne is married with 2 children and enjoys playing tennis.
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Group Marketing and Research Director, ITV

Head of Insight, O2

Claire joined O2 in 2018 after nearly a decade at Sky, and Royal Mail Group before that. Having started her career in marketing, Claire identified a passion for insight and has spent her career ensuring insight is at the heart of decision making, driving commercial success throughout these large businesses.
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Jake is the Vice President of Customer Insight at Deliveroo. Prior to that he built and then led the International Insight & Analytics function at Twitter and has held senior insight roles at O2 UK and Kantar. Jake is also a main board member of the UK's Market Research Society and a member of The MRS Delphi Group.

VP Insights & Analytics – Europe, Sub Saharan Africa and Global Digitalization

Tim leads PepsiCo's Insights and Analytics Groups across Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Sub Saharan Africa and also the Digitalization of Insights Globally through building game-changing partnerships, technology and tools. Prior to PepsiCo Tim held marketing, commercial and insights leadership roles in Heineken, Colgate and Kraft-Heinz.
Georgie White Group Insight Director BT

As the Group Insight Director at BT, Georgie’s remit is to ensure we put the customer at the heart of decision making across BT and our brands. Georgie joined BT in February 2018 to establish an Insight Centre of Excellence that serves all parts of BT and ensures that customer and data is at the heart of the company strategy and drives decision making. Prior to BT, Georgie worked at brands such as Centrica, Capital One, Merrill Lynch and HBOS, in roles covering Insight, Data and Commercial within both B2C and B2B environments in the UK and globally. Georgie loves engaging with people, understanding them and their agendas and challenges, building great relationships to create brilliant solutions that drive value to customers and the business. However, at the heart of it, she simply loves helping people become the best they can be (and want to be!).

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