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To tie in with the The Operations Awards submission period, join us for an informative and fun evening with the opportunity for you to gain tips and advice on how to write an Oppies award entry from the Chair of the judging panel, Penny Steele. Also you will hear from some of the winners of the 2019 MRS Operations Awards, who will be presenting their award winning case studies. Please see the list of finalists here.

It will be a great time to catch up with your peers and gain some inspiration for your Oppies award submission. 

The meeting will be held in the 4th floor training suite at MRS, 15 Northburgh Street, London EC1V 0JR. A map is available below.

Registration, drinks and networking from 6pm. Please arrive in time for the meeting to start at 6.30pm

These evenings are free to Company Partner Employees, but space is limited so please register your interest in attending an event by emailing

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The Old Trading House, 15 Northburgh Street,London,EC1V 0JR

Penny Steele is the Managing Director of Steele Fieldworks Ltd, a recruitment and fieldwork agency
She has over 30 years’ experience of fieldwork and project management. In 2005 Penny became Chairman of the IQCS Council and has responsibility for minimum fieldwork standards and their annual Quality Awards. Penny is also the IQCS representative on the Market Research Quality Standards Advisory Board and its role is to develop and maintain minimum standards for market, social and opinion research, data collection and data processing in the UK. She is a Fellow of the Market Research Society.
Currently, she is involved with the MRS/AQR Recruiter Accreditation Scheme Working Party. Since the first Awards in 2015, Penny has chaired the MRS Operations Awards Judging panel. Previously Penny has served on the AQR Committee, the MRS Accredited Interviewer Training scheme and the Respondent Interviewer Interface committee.

Steve Bannister is an associate director in operations at Ipsos MORI and has worked in market and social research for more than 13 years, having started out at Kantar in 2006 in telephone and online data collection before being adopted by face-to-face in 2009.
Most of his experience is in random probability data collection and he has been involved in the Crime Survey of England and Wales, the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the Millennium Cohort Study, and the Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents among many others.
Lucy Lindley is a Research Manager in Ipsos MORI's education, children and families research team. Lucy worked on the quantitative strand of the Evaluation of the Expanded Troubled Families Programme, which included a longitudinal face-to-face survey. As part of this, Lucy helped design and deliver training to the team of interviewers responsible for collecting data from this vulnerable population of families.

Patricio is an experienced Project director with more than a decade of work in Project Management and Operations.
He joined Hall and Partners in March 2016, working on Healthcare projects. Having worked with the Qualitative team, he then dedicated more time leading the Quant PM team at H&P, before starting to blur the lines between both methodologies.
Patricio focuses on the innovation, efficiency and transformation efforts at Hall & Partners always exploring new ways to “get things done”.


6.00pm: Registration, refreshments and networking

6.30pm: Presentations 

How to write an Oppies award entry
Penny Steele FMRS , Chair of MRS Operations Awards Panel

Best Data Collection - Face to Face Winner
Evaluation of the Expanded Troubled Families Programme
Steve Bannister and Lucy Lindley, Ipsos MORI

Best Data Collection - Online Winner
Grunenthal: ‘Patient Voice in Gout’ 
Patricio Macadam, Hall and Partners

Best Data Collection – Telephone Winner
David Adley, Watermelon

7.40-7.50pm: Q&A

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