Nick is a committed and successful marketing services leader with a track record of building commercially successful businesses with a particular specialism in post-acquisition integration. He is currently Global Chief Research Officer at Savanta with non-executive experience with Severn Trent Water. He believes research is one of the most powerful tools to guide better decision-making, progress and ultimately commercial – in all its forms – success.

Nick has made a significant and long-term contribution to MRS as a Main Board member with two years as Chair, steering the Society through the Covid-19 pandemic. He is founding Chair of the MRS Delphi Group and supports MRS diversity and inclusion activities. He has also made a significant contribution to the sector’s sustainability initiative as a member of the Insight Climate Collective and was the MRS representative on the BPC/MRS 2015 General Election inquiry.


Rita is a researcher, strategist, trainer and associate lecturer who actively promotes the standards of MRS at all touchpoints within her work. Her body of work for public health organisations, charities and global brands bridges the intersection of market and social research. She sits on the Board of the European Social Marketing Association and designs and delivers training courses in research to inform strategic social marketing programmes for professional audiences throughout the globe. She lectures in research methods and social marketing to international post-graduate students preparing for careers in public health leadership.

Rita has made a significant and award-winning contribution to understanding on a range of health-related topics, including health screening and smoking cessation intervention for pregnant women via a range of publications and conference sessions.


Caroline is a Research Director at Ipsos and has worked in market and commercial research for over thirty years. She has experience across a wide variety of sectors in both the domestic and international markets and is skilled in qualitative and
quantitative methodologies.

Caroline has made a significant and long-term contribution to MRS, including sixteen years as a member of the MRS Market Research Standards Board and as lead author of the MRS How to read Opinion Polls guidance. She has contributed to research understanding on a range of topics including family life and higher education via several published articles and conference sessions. She has also led many ethics and standards-based training courses.


Paul has over two decades of experience across multiple agencies with a specific focus on digital methods and particularly communities. He has forged a career that has enabled him to work with great clients and great people at great agencies, including Research International, NOP, Harris Interactive, Join the Dots and InSites Consulting. His enthusiasm for the discipline of research, combined with his ability to develop both himself and others around him, has led to a variety of roles within those businesses. Paul’s breadth of experience has enabled him to provide strong leadership for his teams and on-going value to his clients through times of stability and times of change.

Paul has made a significant and award-winning contribution to research understanding on a range of topics from financial research to lean methods via numerous publications and conferences. His contribution to MRS includes serving as an MRS Conference Awards judge, as a trainer for a wide range of online qualitative and consumer psychology courses and chairing events for MRS North.


Nick narrowly escaped a career in academia (writing about the Martinican novel), before stumbling into research. He’s spent most of his time since then trying to get back there by making research more creative and creativity more customer-centric. He evangelised co-creation before it was well accepted and showed you can apply it to cruise ships, toothbrushes, airports, supermarkets, travel loyalty and brands. Nick hopes we can all bring more Wonderland into work and is currently writing a lot about Lewis Carroll.

Nick has organised and presented at many conferences over the years, including ESOMAR and BMRA), and made a significant contribution to MRS as Co-Chair of the MRS Conference Committee. He served on the BIG/B2B conference committee for over ten years.


Bob has been innovating in qualitative thought and methodology for over 20 years, as Board Director at Firefish and leader of its new human-centric Healthcare practice, having been a psychiatrist prior to joining the world of insight. A multi-award-winning practitioner and strategist for his impactful and effective work with a broad range of clients, an ongoing theme through his working life has been a desire to ‘challenge the established and establish the new’ in order to address the shortcomings of existing research methodology, delivering greater insight and impact for clients.

Bob has made a significant contribution to research understanding on topics such as product innovation, AI and innovative thinking via a wide range of books, articles and conference sessions. He has contributed to the APG and ESOMAR training programmes and to academia, primarily with UEA.


Throughout her 28 year career, Sarah has made a significant contribution to pioneering new research thinking and techniques. Most recently she has been focused on the application of behavioural science to research challenges. She has presented at numerous industry conferences and has played a key role in research education, tutoring on a range of courses from online research techniques to presentation skills and applying behavioural science to gain deeper insight. She is passionate about broadening industry understanding of evolving techniques. Sarah is a long-standing contributor to AQR, including serving as a Board member and Vice Chair.

Jem is Group CEO of Firefish, which he co-founded in 2000 driven by his fascination with human lives and our cultural context, and a drive to find ever better ways to bring the human element to the heart of business. He’s led the business from qualitative, youth-focused roots to a growing £15m+ multi-disciplinary business with offices in New York, LA and London, acting as human strategy partners to some of the world’s biggest brands & businesses. More recently, he’s been instrumental in founding the Insight Climate Collective, aiming to mobilise the research and insight sector to address the climate emergency.

Jem is a member of the MRS Sustainability Council and supports the Net Zero Pledge, he also contributes to a wide number of association programmes including as an MRS Mentor, trainer and conference speaker.


Julie began her research career in 1987, as a second job, recruiting in evenings and weekends between raising four children. Her tenacious, can-do attitude quickly saw her build a loyal client base and never one to stand still, Julie was always looking for opportunities to expand into other areas of the industry. Fast forward to present day and Julie is the Founder and CEO of Acumen Fieldwork, Aspect Viewing Facilities, Research Opinions and Full Colour Research. She is most proud of her role on the AQR Board and her work in turning the Recruiter Accreditation Scheme into a reality.

Julie has made a significant and long-term contribution to MRS as a member of the Company Partner Service Advisory Board (now the ACP Council) and as an MRS mentor. She won the Ginny Valentine Badge of Courage Award in 2017 for ‘sticking her head above the parapet to challenge recruitment status quo.’


Josephine is a leading voice within youth research and the development of online qualitative research. She started her research career when online methodologies were in their infancy and her passion for qualitative research led to pioneering work within the social research world. While at GfK she developed technology solutions and online community platforms for the global agency and while at YouthSight she then took the online research revolution to the education sector. Josephine is a regular on the conference circuit, sharing insights about young people, and an ambassador for the insights industry, inspiring young people to embark in a career in research. Josephine was recently appointed Vice President of Youth at Savanta.

Josephine is an active member of the MRSpride steering group, including co-hosting the MRSpride podcast OUTsights, and supports a wide range of MRS activities such as chairing the MRS Kids & Youth conference and being a MRS mentor.

Liz worked in research for over 30 years beginning as a telephone interviewer and rising to become Managing Director and shareholder of RDS. She has always tried to give back to the industry she earned her living in. One of her biggest contributions has been as Treasurer, Hon Sec and Board member of AQR. Over the years Liz has been chair of the Viewing Facilities Association and a member of IQCS council. Whilst serving as a member of a MRS joint working party looking into qualitative recruitment standards, she presented a paper at the MRS Annual Conference. Liz has contributed to research understanding on topics such as quality, standards and fieldwork via a range of published articles.

Caroline is co-founder and strategist at Acacia Avenue. Having come from the world of advertising, she’s always recognised the need to promote and grow the research sector and explore new thinking that helps us to collectively understand human behaviour. She has sat on the Boards of the AQR and the MRS, presented at their conferences and was a judge of the 2018 IPA Effectiveness Awards. She’s also the proud recipient of several research effectiveness awards and most recently has contributed to the MRS sampling and DI&E initiative.

 

MRS will award 25 Honorary Fellowships in 2021, more than it ever has in a calendar year, to mark its 75th anniversary as the UK’s professional body for research, insight and analytics. The final 2021 Honorary Fellows will be revealed later this year as MRS celebrates its growth from an elite band of just 23 professional researchers to an organisation that includes over 4,000 individual members and over 600 Company Partners.

These new names will join the existing list of Honorary Fellows.

2021's Honorary Fellows include:

  • Sir David Spiegelhalter, for his rigour in assessing public statistics, including his high-profile efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on these experiences, Sir David will be appearing at Impact 2021 to discuss the challenges facing businesses that deal in the consideration, generation and dissemination of data.
  • Dr Camilla Pang, for her achievements in studying societal behaviour and her campaigning around neurodiversity. Camilla will be speaking about her work at Impact 2021, specifically about ensuring research is conducted inclusively and that it reflects the perspectives of all types of human behaviour.
  • Deborah Mattinson, for a career in research and insight, including founding BritainThinks a decade ago. Deborah will be leading one of Impact 2021’s most hotly anticipated sessions,interviewing keynote speaker Sir Keir Starmer.
  • Melanie Courtright, reflecting Melanie's position as an international research association leader, CEO of the US Insights Association
  • Elissa Molloy,  reflecting Elissa's position as an international research association leader, CEO of Australia’s The Research Society.
  • John Gambles, for his innovative development of business in the research sector as chairman of research and strategy business Quadrangle, as well as his consistent support of the sector body.
  • Stian Westlake, reflecting his position as CEO of the Royal Statistical Society and his championing of the business of evidence.
  • Belinda Beeftink, for Belinda's consistent championing of the sector, and of data in marketing and advertising. Belinda is now the research director at the Institute of the Practitioners in Advertising.
  • David Wilding, for David's consistent championing of the sector, and of data in marketing and advertising. David is the director of advertising planning at Twitter UK.
  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, for contributing to the UK’s leading reputation for excellence in market research, including as co-founder of one of the most recognised sector leaders, YouGov, in 2000. More recently, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment, Mr Zahawi has led the UK’s widely praised vaccine deployment programme.
  • Seema Malhotra MP, for her work on evidenced policy development while at professional services firm PwC and for being a consistent supporter of MRS’ diversity and inclusion programme, one of the sector’s key priorities. Ms Malhotra is the founder of the Fabian Women’s Network, which strives to ensure that women’s voices are influential in politics.
  • Baroness Minouche Shafik, reflecting the historic ties between MRS and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is Director. Baroness Shafik’s first role was in the research department of the World Bank – since then, her positions have included Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
  • Sir John Curtice, recognising his work as President of the British Polling Council, including promoting the value and use of polling, and interpreting its results for public understanding. Sir John is Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde and a Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social Research.
Full bios:

 

Belinda Beeftink is the Research Director of the IPA - the charted institute for UK communications agencies. In this role she is responsible for representing agency interests on all the UK industry media research contracts. (i.e. ABC, BARB, JICMAIL, JICPOPS, JICREG, JICWEBS, PAMCO, RAJAR, Route and UKOM) at both board and technical levels.

Belinda is also responsible for the IPA TouchPoints Survey which provides a time-based view of how media usage fits into consumers’ daily lives and the first, industry-available, cross media channel planner.

Belinda’s Media Research career has spanned time at with commercial TV, agency and data bureaux.

Belinda is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world and she is a past chairman of the UK Media Research Group.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He has been very busy over the COVID crisis. He presented the BBC4 documentaries “Tails you Win: the Science of Chance”, the award-winning “Climate Change by Numbers”, and in 2011 came 7th in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019. He was knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics, was President of the Royal Statistical Society (2017-2018), and became a Non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority in 2020. He is @d_spiegel on Twitter, and his home page is

http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~david/

John’s career started in industrial management with British Steel in Yorkshire.
After reading English at Oxford, he joined J Walter Thomson, and then became one of the early employees of WCRS. In 1987 he co-founded Quadrangle and, two years later, undertook a City-backed MBO.

Over the next 20 years, John led the growth of Quadrangle into a leading UK consultancy, specialising in brands, strategy and customers. In 2007, he guided the business’ expansion into research, under the banner of Research for decision makers.

John’s view is that research is the single most powerful tool available to management in the 21st Century.

He is married with one son and lives in Chelsea

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Elissa Molloy is the CEO of The Research Society that is Australia's leading research association and the "go to" community for supporting research, insights, CX and analytics professionals and their organisations. She is the Secretary-General of the Asia Pacific Research Committee (APRC) federation and sits on the Executive Management Board of the Global Research Business Network (GRBN). Passionate about professional and quality standards, Elissa is the current Chair of the Australian Technical Standards Committee MB-005 and the Australian representative on the ISO TC 225 technical committee that has developed two standards for the market, social and opinion research industry - ISO 20252 and ISO 26362 that merged into one standard under one number ISO 20252 in 2019. She continues to lead the Society's professional standards program that includes the Code of Professional Behaviour that underpins The Research Society and is vital in the self-regulation of the research profession and sector.

Melanie serves as the Chief Executive Officer at the Insights Association, and has spent more than 25 years designing, executing, and interpreting research for agencies and corporations, while leading the industry as a voice for quality, trends and the next generation of data collection. Known as an expert methodologist, she started her career at a full-service research firm in Dallas where she spent ten years developing her strong research background. She then followed that with a decade specializing in all forms of digital research including online, mobile and social. Melanie has successfully developed and launched leading sampling platforms, routers, methodology best practices, panels and research products. Melanie contributes to standards and codes of conduct, is heavily involved in industry advocacy and events, and is an award-winning writer, researcher, and speaker.

Camilla Pang, winner of the Royal Society science book prize 2020, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of eight. She describes her book as a ‘love letter to science’ that ‘provides insights into different ways of thinking and the challenges of being neurodiverse in a normal world’.

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Representing, advocating and supporting the research sector

MRS Patrons


Patrick Barwise

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“One of my priorities is to ensure that research and other insights are relevant and actionable, flow freely through the organisation to reach decision-makers and are acted on rather than buried or ignored. As patron of MRS, I want to help promote the importance of research as the lifeblood of customer-focused delivery and innovation.”

Patrick attended our roundtable where attendees debated findings from the inaugural MRS Delphi report. Read the article here.

 

Jeremy Bullmore

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"Our elected representatives and commercial leaders take huge decisions on our behalf; decisions that can determine the course and contentment of our lives. Most of these decisions will have been strongly influenced by research. So every single one of us has the most acute personal interest in trusting that the research by which our leaders are guided is the product of high intelligence, rigorously conducted. It's scary just how much good research matters."

 

Roisin Donnelly

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Roisin spoke to us about using data and insight to win business. Watch the video here.

 

Clive Humby

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MRS Patrons Peter York and Clive Humby discuss the importance of evidence in this video.

 

Sir Martin Sorrell

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"If possible, market research, or what we call consumer insight, is becoming even more important in this day and age. The changes in new markets, new media and the application of technology and development of big data mean that market research or consumer insight is critically important in understanding strategic planning and creative execution, opportunities and issues."

In 2014, Martin spoke at our annual conference, and discussed the link between data and the economy in 2014. Watch the video here

 

Stan Sthanunathan

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Watch our interview with Stan looking at the secret of a good client relationship here.

 

Edwina Dunn

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Edwina wrote the foreword of our privacy report, 'Private lives?', looking at the consumer perspective of the consumer debate. Read the report here

 

Sir Robert Worcester

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“Market research is a way of life. It gives the curious, the intelligent and the interested a view of society which is almost unique. It provides a means by which an alert – but not indolent – young person might taste of a broad variety of experiences without becoming too attached to any one stream and therefore limit their opportunity to move upwards in the trade, or outward into a wide variety of occupations and callings. I hope that as a patron of the MRS I can give a bit back to what I’ve learned about the fascinating business we are in.”

 

Peter York

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“Market research is a very broad and brilliant church...and I want to do my bit to persuade people of that.”

MRS Patrons Peter York and Clive Humby discuss the importance of evidence in this video

This video follows the launch of a joint PwC/MRS industry report 'The Business of Evidence' which revealed that the UK research market is worth over £3bn, 50% more than previously estimated.

Below is a list of current MRS Gold Medallists, Honorary Fellows and Fellows.

Find out how to nominate a fellow.

Find out more about routes to MRS Honours.

Gold Medallists

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows

2021 – Phyllis Macfarlane

2019 – Peter Mouncey

2018 – William (Bill) G. Blyth

2017 – Dr Barry Leventhal

2008 – Professor Sir Roger Jowell

2006 – Tony Cowling & John Samuels

2004 – Dr Stephan Buck & James Rothman

2002 – John Downham

1996 – Andrew Ehrenberg, Gerald Goodhardt & Paul Harris

1993 – Dr Elizabeth Nelson

1988 – Professor Harry Henry

1986 – Len England

1982 – Dr Mark Abrams

 

Belinda Beeftink

Bill Bryson, OBE

Jeremy Bullmore, CBE

Rita Clifton, CBE

Melanie Courtright

Sir John Curtice

Christopher Graham

Rt Hon Dame

Margaret Hodge MP

Seema Malhotra MP

Deborah Mattinson

Elissa Molloy

Alan Rusbridger

Baroness Minouche Shafik

Sir David Spiegelhalter

Patrick Sturgis

Dame Dianne
Thompson

Phyllis Vangelder

Richard Webber

Keith Weed

Stian Westlake

David Wilding

Nadhim Zahawi MP

Fellows

 

 

Aftab Ahmad

Paul Baines

Stephen Bairfelt

Dr Nick Baker

Phil Barnard

Chris Barnham

John Barter

Crispin Beale

Jennie Beck

Nikki Bell

Robin Birn

Susan Blackall

Fiona Blades

William Blyth

Clive Boddy

Nick Bonney

Rita Brophy

Sue Burden

Simon Burrows

David Cahn

Jonny Caldwell

Caroline Callahan

Martin Callingham

Rosie Campbell

Simon Chadwick

Paul Child

David Chilvers

Joanna Chrzanowska

Barbie Clarke

Nick Coates

Bob Cook

Sarah Davies

Philly Desai

Andy Dexter

Patricia Dowding

John Downham

Richard Drury

Keith Dugmore

Rob Ellis

Richard Ellwood

James Endersby

Gill Ereaut

Jem Fawcus

Mervyn Flack

Arthur Fletcher

Jonathan Fletcher

Ruth France

Julie Fuller

Dr Peter Furness

Sally Ford-Hutchinson

Elaine Francis

Karen Fraser MBE 

Mary Goodyear

Richard Goosey

Peter Goudge

Jane Gwilliam

Kathleen Hamilton

Terry Hanby
Josephine Hansom
Claire Harris

Pene Healey

Linda Henshall

Michael Herbert

Hugh Hoffman

Ben Hogg

Clive Humby

Julie Irwin

Fiona Jack

Peter Jackling

Vanella Jackson

Jonathan Jephcott

Derek Jones

John Kelly

Thomas Kerr

Raz Khan

Claire Labrum

Roy Langmaid

James (Jim) Law

Dr Rachel Lawes

Barry Leventhal

Simon Lidington

Rowland Lloyd

Tim Macer

Phyllis Macfarlane

Sofie Mallick

Ben Marks

David McCallum

Colin McDonald

Kevin McLean

Ruth McNeil

Jackie Megahey

Penny Mesure

Dawn Mitchell

Virginia Monk

Nick Moon

Dr Leigh Morris

Peter Mouncey

Corrine Moy

Gavin Mulholland 

Elizabeth Nelson, OBE

Caroline Noon

Darren Mark Noyce

Martin Oxley

Ben Page

Simon Patterson

John Pawle

Adam Phillips

Bob Qureshi

Stephen (Steve) Phillips

Ray Poynter

Martyn Richards

Malcolm Rigg

John Rose

James Rothman

Jane Rudling

Danny Russell

John Samuels

Jessica Santos

Rob Sheldon

Richard Sheldrake

Chris Smith

David Smith

Leslie Sopp

Mark Speed

Penny Steele

Ivor Stocker

Trish Stuart Parker

Liz Sykes

Neil Swan

Crispian Tarrant

Yvonne Taylor

Dr Mark Thorpe

Ray Tiwari

Peter Totman

Helen Turner

Paul Vittles

Daniel Wain

Paul Walton

Nicholas Watkins

Caroline Whitehill

Neil Wholey

Trevor Wilkinson

Alan Wilson

Sir Robert Worcester

Rebecca Wynberg

 

Below is a list of past MRS Fellows who were acknowledged by the Society for their exceptional contribution to the profession.

Lucinda Allum
Lawrence Bailey
Kenneth Baker
Mary Bartram
Peter Bartram
Bryan Bates
Keith Bates
Donald Beverly
Chris Blamires
Julian Bond
John Bound
Timothy Bowles
Ian Brace
Nigel Bradley
Susan Brooker
Diana Brown
Douglas Brown
Dr Stephan Buck
Dominic Buck
Eileen Cole
Steffen Conway
Prof Martin Collins
Mike Cooke
Peter Cooper
Antony Cowling
Susan Coyne
Nigel Culkin
Laurence Curtis
Kate Dann
Leslie de Chernatony
Gerald De Groot
Andrew Dexter
Sue Duncan
Heather Dunn
Prof Andrew Ehrenberg
Stephen Ellis
Jan Faber
Valerie Farbridge
Paul Feldwick
John Gambles
Roddy Glen
Rudolph Goldsmith
Gerald Goodhardt
John Goodyear
Wendy Gordon
John Griffiths
Justin Gutmann
Paul Hague
Mike Hannah
Paul Harris
Peter Hayes
Robert Heath
Prof Harry Henry
Clifford Holmes
Peter Hutton
Mike Imms
Jonathan Jephcott
Roger Jowell
Sheila Keegan
Richard Kottler
Barbara Lee
J (Tony) Lunn
Derek Martin
Dr I McGloughlin
Peter Menneer
Kit Molloy
Elaine Moore
Rory Morgan
Ros Morgan
Alan Morris
Louis Moss
Clive Nancarrow
John O'Brien
Alison Palmer
Nicolas Palmer

John H Parfitt
Kenneth Parker
William Pegram
Nick Phillips
John R Potts
Jon Priest
Joy Reynolds
Richard Roberts-Miller
Sue Robson
Mike Roe
Edward Ross
Geoffrey Roughton
Peter Sampson
Eamonn Santry
Bill Schlackman
David Seaman
Richard Silman
Nigel Spackman
Paul Szwarc
Philip Talmage
Frank Teer
Dr John Treasure
Virginia Valentine
Martin van Staveren
Judith Wardle
Janet Weitz
John Wigzell
Eric Willson
Lorna Winstanley
Fiona Wood
Dr Jeremy Wyndham
Frances Yelland

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