Our range of prestigious awards – the Excellence Awards, Operations Awards and MRS Awards - showcase outstanding work with the insight sector. They recognise and reward the individuals, teams and organisations that promote best practice and exceed the high professional standards required. 

 The variety of awards presented provide a unique opportunity for organisations of all sizes and the people who work for them to celebrate their achievements and shine the spotlight on their contributions to the sector’s success and the real difference they make to wider society.

Enter our awards to:

  • Enhance your reputation – an MRS award is evidence of excellence
  • Reward your team and celebrate individual contributions
  • Increase your profile – winners receive publicity through Research Live, the MRS website and social media
  • Attend our glittering award ceremonies and network with peers

Please scroll down for this year’s key dates and deadlines. Categories and criteria are revealed on the day entries open. For queries, contact

Submission Deadlines for 2024

Don't miss out on getting the recognition you deserve. Make sure you know what to enter and when.


1 March – Deadline for Fellows nominations
29 March – Deadline for nominating EDI Changemakers & Sustainability Changemakers
7 May – New Fellows, EDI Changemakers & Sustainability Changemakers announced
7 June – Winners presented at the Excellence Awards lunch


8 March – Open for entries
29 May – Deadline for entries
30 July – Finalists announced
26 September – Winners announced at the Oppies party


2 May – Open for entries
27 June – Deadline for entries
Beginning of October – Finalists announced
2 December – Winners announced at the MRS Awards dinner

All membership designations, job titles and companies were correct at the time of judging.

Please note that where judges’ organisations are finalists in an awards category, the judges in question take no part in the discussions on the category or in the selection of the winners.

MRS Awards - Main panel

Phyllis Macfarlane FMRS (Chair), two-time past Chair of MRS
Shazia Ali MMRS, Founder, Mint Research
Rupert Anderton CMRS
Steven Darby, Research Manager, Leeds Building Society & AURA representative
Alan Hathaway CMRS, Co-Owner and CEO, Discovery Research
Julie Irwin FMRS, Co-Founder & Board Director, Citrine Research
Dr Rachel Lawes FMRS, Author & Owner, Lawes Consulting
Dr Clifford Lewis CMRS, Associate Professor in Marketing
Ben Marks FMRS, Founder, Electrify Research
Corrine Moy FMRS, Founder, Corrine Moy Consulting
Louise Twycross-Lewis MMRS, Head of Insight, PHD
Sarah Whiddett CMRS, Client Partnership Director, Kantar

MRS Awards - Specialist judges

Caroline Callahan FMRS, Research Director, Ipsos
Barbie Clarke FMRS, Managing Director, Family Kids and Youth
Viv Harrison MMRS, Research & Insights Manager, The Caravan and Motorhome Club
Sania Haq MMRS, Founder, Bye to Stereotypes
Dan Hayes, BT Insight Team
Louise McLaren CMRS, Managing Director (London), Lovebrands
Louise Sharpe, Senior Insight Manager, Propositions, BT
Simon Shaw CMRS, Director, Trinity McQueen
Caroline Wren CMRS, Managing Director, MTM

Research Live Awards – main panel

Katie McQuater (Chair), Editor, Impact and Research Live
Christina Finlay MMRS, Director, Data & Analytics, Volvo Car UK Ltd
Catherine Haigh, Head of Consumer Insight EMEA, McCormick
James Holden, Marketing & Audiences Director, BBC
Seema Hope, Research Director, The Economist
Claire Rainey CMRS, Head of Insight, Virgin Media O2
Georgina White, CMRS, Director of Customer Experience, Holland & Barrett International

Research Live Awards - Innovation Panel

Katie McQuater (Chair), Editor, Impact and Research Live
Harry Davies, VP Marketing Investment & Effectiveness, Sage
Liam Kay-McClean, Deputy Editor, Research Live & Impact
Claire Rainey CMRS, Head of Insight, Virgin Media O2
Jessica Salmon, Head of Customer Value, BBC

Operations Awards

Penny Steele FMRS (Chair), Managing Director, Steele Fieldwork
Elaine Francis FMRS, Founder, Criteria FIeldwork
Debrah Harding, Managing Director, MRS
Rowland Lloyd FMRS, COO EMEA, Ipsos
Chris Smith FMRS, Managing Director, Kudos Research
Danny Sims CMRS, Chairman & Founder, DJS Research

Independent Consultants Award

Matt Kirby (Chair), Founder, bob's your uncle research & planning
Dr Philly Desai FMRS, Director & Principal Consultant, Turnstone Research
Chloe Fowler CMRS, Founder, The Nest Research
Susie Mullen, Head of Data & Insight, Analysis to Understanding

Silver Medal

Phyllis Macfarlane FMRS (Chair), two-time past Chair of MRS
Dr Clifford Lewis - Associate Professor in Marketing - Charles Sturt University
Dr Philly Desai FMRS, Director & Principal Consultant, Turnstone Research
Tim Macer FMRS, Managing Director, Meaning
Professor Leo Paas, Professor of Marketing, University of Auckland

AQR Award

Simon Patterson FMRS (Chair), Founder & CEO, QRi Consulting
Dr Bianca Bailey-Wilson, Director of Innovation Culture & DEID, ClearView Research
Lucy Davison, Founder & CEO, Keen as Mustard Marketing
Jane Frost, CEO, MRS
Ella Fryer-Smith, Joint Vice Chair, AQR Management Board
Shazia Ginai, Chair of the Board of Directors, CORe
Ruth Hinton, Chair, AURA
Tom Kerr FMRS, Founder & CEO, Thought Research
Peter Totman, AQR

ASC Award

AJ Johnson (Chair), Executive Director, Global Operations & Innovation, Kynetec
Rebecca Cole CMRS, Managing Director, Cobalt Sky
John McConnell, Founder, Analytical People
Alex Reppel, Reader in Marketing, Royal Holloway, University of London

BIG Award

Damon Thomas MMRS (Chair), Senior Associate, Hasson Associates Recruitment
Amy Middleton CMRS, Director, Beam Fieldwork
Trevor Wilkinson FMRS, Managing Director, Purple Market Research
Jon Wood, Research Director, Critical Research

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