Paul Baines is Professor of Political Marketing at Cranfield University and Director of Baines Associates. Over the last 20 years, his research has focused on political marketing, public opinion and propaganda. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and Institute of Directors and a member of the Academy of Marketing.Paul has made a significant contribution to the development and understanding of research practice with more than a hundred published articles, book chapters and books. His long-standing involvement with the MRS professional development delivery includes serving as a member of the Professional Development Advisory Board. He has also judged the MRS Awards.
Chris Barnham runs his own qualitative research agency. In previous lives he was a research buyer at Whitbread, Head of the Qualitative Consumer Unit at TN Sofres, and a Director at the Strategic Research Group. He read Philisophy and Politics at Oxford University, and researched a PhD on the Seventeenth Century transition from qualitative to quantitative science.Chris has made a significant contribution to academic thinking and understanding of qualitative research, including authoring a number of award-winning papers. He has served on the IJMR Editorial Advisory Board and supported AQR’s professional development delivery.
Prior to academia, Clive Boddy worked for Frank Small and Associates in Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea before co-founding Asia Market Intelligence. He is currently Professor of Leadership and Organisation Behaviour at Middlesex University Business School and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Business Ethics, Qualitative Market Research and IJMR.Clive has made a significant contribution to academic thinking and understanding of research and marketing, having published over 70 papers. He has served on MRS Main Board and the Professional Development Advisory Board and was also involved in re-designing the MRS Diploma, of which he is currently a co-chief-examiner.
Raz Khan is Chairman of Cobalt Sky, an award winning IT services company specialising in market research operations. He has worked at PBT, Quantime and AGB and has been treasurer of the Association for Survey Computing for six years.Raz has made a significant contribution to MRS, serving for twelve years as a Main Board member, and ten years as Honorary Secretary Treasurer and member of the MRS Management Board. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Archive of Market & Social Research.
Gavin Mulholland is a Director at Illuminas with over 20 years experience. He is a member of the International Association of Hypno-Analysts (IAHA) and an NLP practitioner, having studied under the founder, Dr. Richard Bandler. He is also the trainer of Britain’s premier Heavyweight Cage Fighting Champion, Neil ‘Goliath’ Grove. Gavin’s commercial research started on a consultancy basis while lecturing in Psychology and Social Communications at the Universities of Westminster and Middlesex.Gavin has made a significant contribution to professional development, having delivered a diverse portfolio of research training courses for a variety of different organisations, particularly for MRS.
Richard Silman has worked in market research for 33 years, holding senior roles at AGB, BMRB and Ipsos. He has also worked internationally both as CEO/Executive Chairman of Kantar Media and, most recently, as Global CEO of Ipsos MediaCT. In October 2012 Richard stepped down from this latter role to lead the Corporate Social Responsibility function for Ipsos Group.As MRS Chair, Richard has championed the continued modernising of MRS, broadening its scope in readiness for the 70th anniversary, and encouraging greater support of corporate social responsibility initiatives. He is now Immediate Past Chair and an ambassador for MRS widening its reach, influence and co-operation.
Chris Smith has been working in telephone operations since 1985. Prior to joining Kudos Research as MD in 2006, Chris managed telephone operations for TNS, IntelliQuest Inc., Millward Brown and Harris Interactive. Throughout his career, Chris has been active in the research community, and is a long-standing member of IQCS, ESOMAR, AQR, and BIG.Chris has made a significant contribution to the understanding and development of quality standards through his long-standing contribution to the IQCS Council, including 14 years as Vice Chairman. He has supported MRS over a wide range of activities - particularly those focused on operational issues, including serving as a member of the MRS Operations Awards judging panel.
Like for many others, Peter Totman fell into research – and nearly 30 years later – is still falling. After completing a law degree, he worked for a succession of leading agencies before becoming a partner at The Planning Partnership in 1996. In 2002 he became Head of Strategic Planning at Ogilvy Los Angeles but returned to research and to the UK in 2005 and joined Jigsaw Research as Head of Qualitative.Peter has made a significant contribution to the championing of qualitative research via a wide range of conference presentations, written articles and workshops. He has chaired sessions at the MRS Annual Conference and had long-standing involvement in AQR’s professional standards activities.
Daniel Wain runs Daniel Wain Consulting, specialising in creative and bespoke training, coaching and strategic learning. Previously he was Worldwide Director of Learning & Development at Research International. He is a member of Equity, the Society of Authors and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, and a Chartered Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a published playwright, and award-winning conference speaker and actor.Daniel has made a significant contribution to professional development, including delivery of a diverse portfolio of training courses for a variety of different organisations plus a long-standing involvement with the MRS Professional Development Advisory Board.