Right now it feels like too many people are working under a lot of pressure.

We are hearing lots of conversations across the sector on:

  • Teams not having enough resource and struggling to recruit
  • Individuals struggling with workloads leading to stress and burnout
  • Companies still feeling their way around remote & hybrid and not being able to give people the support they need
  • The pandemic continuing to take its toll on people’s mental and physical health

We recognise that there is a lot going on, and that our people are suffering. It’s important for all of us that we start to address some of the underlying issues, hear what’s on people’s minds and offer some suggestions for how to tackle the challenges people are facing.

We are bringing together a panel of people with different perspectives on these challenges, to both share their experiences and expertise, as well as to respond to your questions and observations.

This webinar will be a chance to listen and share and we hope will open up further conversations within your teams and put forward ways we can all continue to support each other.

Panel chair: Sinead Jefferies, founder at Vela and MRS Main Board member


Stephanie Rowley, Executive Coach in the research and insight sector

Sinead Hasson, Owner & MD at Hasson Associates recruitment

Jan Shury, MD at IFF Research

Sinéad Jefferies is a recognised insight industry leader, drawing on 20+ years’ experience, leading teams both client-side and in agencies, with an in-depth understanding of what’s needed to deliver excellence in insight. Since March 2020 she has been a member of the MRS Main Board.

She has been working remotely from her home in France since 2015, successfully navigating challenges around communication, impact, team management and relationship-building. Sinéad founded Vela in 2020 to bring her unique blend of experience to support others through training, coaching and consultancy in everything to do with flexible, remote & hybrid working. She also continues to work as a freelance insight consultant.

To try and bring balance to a hectic world of working from home, running a business and being a mum, Sinéad escapes either by cycling or running around the roads and hills of the Dordogne, or by baking up way more cookies, brownies and cakes than her family should really eat.

Sinead is the Owner & Founder of Hasson Associates Recruitment who specialise in recruitment for the market research sector, she has recruited for the market research industry since 1996 and founded Hasson Associates in 2008. Passionate about equality in the workplace she is a strong advocate of creating work environments where people are fully supported, where they can bring their whole selves to work and thrive. She is passionate about career management and encourages people to regularly check that they are working in a place which support their values. A member of the MRS D&I&E Council and WiRe Exec she has mentored young researchers and takes every opportunity to promote better working environments for her clients.

After a 20 year career in qualitative research, Stephanie Rowley left the world of qual to start her own coaching business.

She now specialises in working in the research and insights sector. Using the combination of her coaching skills and her extensive experience in and understanding of the world of research and insights, she supports agencies to ensure their teams are happy and fulfilled, and also works with individuals on a 1-2-1 basis, helping them identify and achieve their professional goals.

Steph frequently sees researchers through the course of her coaching work who are overworked and overwhelmed; she is passionate about starting a conversation within the industry around how to tackle these challenges and consign them to history.

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