Award-winning highlights from the MRS Annual Conference

It's your chance to catch some of Impact 2017’s award-winning speakers who will share their client stories, passionate beliefs and original approaches to the research process. This year's London conference spurred much debate and buzz. Come and listen to the sessions that made a stir and network with speakers and delegates at one of Northern England’s most inspiring contemporary landmarks, The Lowry in Salford.


The Lowry Arts Centre
Pier 8,Salford Quays,M50 3AZ

More details of the venue can be found at their website. Visit it here.

As Content and Digital Director at MRS, Chris oversees the editorial, digital, advertising and data teams, including Impact magazine, all MRS websites, social media and CRM. Chris works closely with the MRS Delphi Group and other industry experts to produce special reports that distill the latest thinking on critical issues for the insight and data analytics sector. He has worked in a number of industries as a journalist and editor, and has managed digital communications for several international businesses.

Harriet is responsible for our Corporate Partner Service and our new scheme Fair Data.
With over 7 years experience in client relationships and account management within public and private sectors organisations she has a wide range of knowledge that allows her to help businesses understand their needs and achieve their goals.
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Helen is responsible for the marketing and membership activities within MRS covering training, membership, company accreditation and sales. Having worked in marketing for three professional organisations over the past 20 years, she specialises in marketing for membership bodies.
She worked for six years from 1986 for the Chartered Institute of Quality (CQI) as editor and then head of communications, and in 1993 moved to head up the marketing team for 11 years at the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
With a degree in social science focusing on society and psychology, her original subject matter interests are proving very useful for working in the research sector. Helen recently completed the Marketing Week Mini-MBA in Marketing and was awarded an A.
Sinead is SVP for Customer Transformation at Zappi, with extensive previous experience both agency and client-side, including as a Board Director and MD within Chime Insight & Engagement and as Head of Insight & Intelligence at Royal Mail.

Since moving to France with her family in 2015 she has worked remotely and was proud to be included on the Timewise Power Part Time list 2017. Following the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, she founded a consultancy, Vela, to support individuals and teams to achieve great things, remotely. She worked with organisations to help them understand and rebuild their working practices as well as offering training on key remote working skills.

Sinead leads the People & Talent programme for MRS, collaborating with people from a wide range of backgrounds to focus on supporting the sector on attracting new & returning talent, learning & development, wellbeing and agency culture & leadership.

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Registration and coffee



Jane Frost CBE, CEO, MRS


Chair's introduction

Quentin Ashby, MD, Join the Dots


Fashion design and sustainability through ResearchGames (Winner of Best Newcomer)

Betty Adamou, Research Through Gaming

The greys matter: through the mind of Wendy - living with dementia and dealing with financial services (Winner of Best Overall Contribution to Conference)

Leslie Sopp, FCA

Lisa Edgar, The Big Window





Just one thing: Getting young Londoners to recycle (Winner of Best Presenter)

Ali Moore, Resource London

Jon Cohen, Kindling

Driven to distraction: aligning the team on the road ahead (Finalist for Best Presenter)

Susie Seldon, Department for Transport

Ailean Mills, BAMM



Drinks reception in The Lowry Galleries



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