The MRS Delphi Group is now welcoming expressions of interest from across the research and insight sector from professionals interested in chairing the group as it helps shape and redefine the future of the sector.

Dr. Nick Baker, UK CEO of Savanta, has chaired the group since its inception four years ago. He has resigned from his role as he prepares to take on his new role as chair of MRS Main Board in March 2020. He said: "The Delphi Group has been a fantastic initiative from the MRS to galvinise the intellectual depth of the industry on significant issues facing us and the broader commercial and public sectors.

"The Delphi Group has become a primary voice for comment and perspective on issues as diverse as privacy and putting evidence at the core of an organisation’s decision making. It has been a pleasure and honour to serve as the chair of the Delphi Group since its inception and I will continue to support the incoming chair in my future new role as chair of the MRS board."

About the MRS Delphi Group

The MRS Delphi Group is a collection of the most respected thinkers in the marketing and research sectors, including Ipsos, Kantar TNS and Twitter.

The Group delivers valuable insight across a range of important business, social and political issues – from the contribution of research to UK PLC, the public and commercial perceptions of privacy, to the state of democracy in the UK.

The key purpose of the group is to deliver two to three publications per year which further the objective of developing a voice for the sector which transcends the sector itself and promotes the further relevance and position of the sector with government, charities and business.

You can see a list of members of the MRS Delphi Group and previous publications here.

What does the chair do?

  • To chair the MRS Delphi Group meetings and drive decision making, as well as the various responsibilities of the group members, to support delivery against the group’s priorities/objectives.
  • To be the leading organisational force that coordinates the sector’s various resources to support the Delphi initiatives – identifying and recruiting people, operational resource and research sector skills to enable the development of the group’s outputs.
  • To facilitate, either through influence or access, people who can provide senior weight to Delphi initiatives whether through advisory roles or direct contributions (see various Delphi publications for examples).
  • To maintain the relevance of the Delphi group members to represent all areas of the sector and ensure that all members of the group are active contributors.
  • To provide major intellectual stimulus and guidance to the thematic coverage of the group and ensure the varied outputs are consistent with the overall aims of the group.
  • To provide counsel for the MRS CEO and chair on potential new initiatives. 

Submit your interest

If you would like to submit your interest in this role please send an email to with the following information:

  • Full name, job title
  • Supporting statement - what you think the group's priorities should be in the coming year - max 200 words.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Wednesday 16 October.

All submissions will be considered by the MRS Nominations Comittee and successful applicants will be invited to an interview.

MRS Delphi Group reports

MRS Delphi Group publishes reports on the most burning issues for the research sector - privacy, insight effectiveness, data integration, prediction, polling and more.

Go to Delphi Group reports


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