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

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


“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


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


Clive Humby


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


Sir Martin Sorrell


"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


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


Edwina Dunn


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


“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


“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 Honorary Fellows and Fellows.

Find out how to nominate a fellow.

Honorary Fellows:

Sir David Spiegelhalter
Dr Camilla Pang
Deborah Mattinson
Melanie Courtright
Elissa Molloy
John Gambles
Stian Westlake
Belinda Beeftink
David Wilding
Bill Bryson, OBE
Jeremy Bullmore, CBE
Rita Clifton, CBE
Christopher Graham
Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP
Alan Rusbridger
Patrick Sturgis
Dame Dianne Thompson
Phyllis Vangelder
Richard Webber
Keith Weed



Aftab Ahmad
Paul Baines
Kenneth Baker
Stephen Bairfelt
Phil Barnard
Chris Barnham
John Barter
Peter Bartram
Keith Bates
Crispin Beale
Jennie Beck
Nikki Bell
Robin Birn
Susan Blackall
Fiona Blades
William Blyth
Clive Boddy
Nick Bonney
Sue Burden
Simon Burrows
Martin Callingham
Rosie Campbell
Simon Chadwick
David Chilvers
Joanna Chrzanowska
Barbie Clarke
Philly Desai
Andy Dexter
Patricia Dowding
John Downham
Richard Drury
Keith Dugmore
Gill Ereaut
Mervyn Flack
Arthur Fletcher
Jonathan Fletcher
Sally Ford-Hutchinson
Elaine Francis
Karen Fraser MBE
Mary Goodyear
Richard Goosey
Peter Goudge
Jane Gwilliam
Kathleen Hamilton
Terry Hanby
Claire Harris
Pene Healey
Linda Henshall
Michael Herbert
Hugh Hoffman
Ben Hogg
Clive Humby
Julie Irwin
Fiona Jack
Peter Jackling
Vanella Jackson
Jonathan Jephcott
John Kelly
Thomas Kerr
Raz Khan
Roy Langmaid
James (Jim) Law
Dr Rachel Lawes
Barry Leventhal
Simon Lidington
Rowland Lloyd
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
Darren Mark Noyce

Martin Oxley
Ben Page
Simon Patterson
John Pawle
Adam Phillips
Bob Qureshi
Stephen (Steve) Phillips
Ray Poynter
Martyn Richards
Malcolm Rigg
Mike Roe
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
Neil Swan
Crispian Tarrant
Yvonne Taylor
Peter Totman
Ray Tiwari
Helen Turner
Paul Vittles
Daniel Wain
Paul Walton
Judith Wardle
Nicholas Watkins
Alan Wilson
Sir Robert Worcester
Rebecca Wynberg
Frances Yelland



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
Mary Bartram
Bryan 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
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
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
Janet Weitz
John Wigzell
Eric Willson
Lorna Winstanley
Fiona Wood
Dr Jeremy Wyndham

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