The Disciplinary Authority conducts tribunals for all cases where members contest the initial disciplinary findings by Market Research Standards Board.

MRS Disciplinary Regulations were last updated in January 2011. At the beginning of 2000-2001 period, the MRS Disciplinary Procedure was reviewed in recognition of new human rights legislation and recommendations from the 1999 report from the government's Better Regulation Task Force. The review focussed on ensuring that a new structure best served MRS members whilst meeting the obligations of self-regulation.

The Disciplinary Authority’s role is to conduct tribunals for all cases where members contest the initial disciplinary findings by MRSB. In addition to MRS Fellows, the Authority comprises individuals who are independent of both the Society and the market research profession. It is proving to be a robust and fair mechanism to enforce the MRS Code of Conduct in the interests of all participants in the market, social or opinion research process.

Independent Members of the Disciplinary Authority

Simon Armson MSc, MACAT, UKCP Reg, Dip NLP, CCMI, FRSA
Simon is a clinical psychotherapist in private practice. In addition he is Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and he also sits on the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Previously he was Chief Executive of Samaritans for fifteen years and currently he is a Trustee of four charities. He was a Non-Executive Director of ICSTIS (the premium rate telecommunications regulator) for six years where he gained considerable experience of adjudication.

Diana King OBE MBA BA (Law)
Diana qualified and practised as a solicitor for some years before moving into sports administration as the Chief Executive of the English Ski Council. After a spell in legal marketing for Eversheds, she is now the General Secretary of the Royal Aero Club and also carries out a range of other freelance activities as a sport and business management advisor.

Peter Lally
Peter retired from the Metropolitan Police in 1999 with the rank of Chief Superintendent. In addition to chairing the Disciplinary Authority, he is a a member of an employment tribunal, chairs a branch of a national charity, he is a director/trustee of a mediation service and is involved in charities working with the physically disabled.

MRS Fellows on the Disciplinary Authority

Jennie Beck
Robin Birn
Kathleen Hamilton
Vanella Jackson
Penny Mesure
Alan Morris
Martin Oxley
Ken Parker
Penny Steele
Martin Van Staveren

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