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MRS Team

Our team is . . .

Jane Frost - Chief Executive  

Jane is responsible for the leadership of MRS. Jane was previously at HM Revenue & Customs where she developed and led the individual customer function and the behavioural evidence and insight unit.Before moving to HMRC in 2006, she held senior roles in both public and private sector organisations including Shell, Unilever, the Department of Constitutional Affairs and the BBC, where she was responsible for the iconic ‘Perfect Day’ campaign which, as well as winning advertisement of the year, raised £2.5m for Children in Need

Debrah Harding , Managing Director

Debrah is responsible for all MRS operations and leads the Society’s standards, policy and public affairs activities. Debrah graduated from Southampton University in the early 90’s with an honours degree in Geography. She first worked in accountancy and then moved to the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) in 1994. After working in auditing and compliance for ABC, she joined the management of MRS in 1999 to establish a new Standards and Policy department. Debrah is the co-author (with Peter Jackson) of the book, Quality in Market Research: from Theory to Practice and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nikki Bower , Operations Director

With over 15 years experience in B2B publishing and events, Nikki leads the planning and implementation of logistics, production and delivery of all products and services issues throughout the MRS. She is also responsible for the organisations CRM database, IT and web systems.

Christian Walsh , Digital Director

Chris oversees MRS digital and social media, and is involved in creating and quality assuring content across the organisation.He has worked in a number of industries as a writer and editor, and has managed digital communications for several international businesses.

Helen Oldfield

Helen is responsible for the sales and marketing 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.

Jane Bainbridge , Editor, Impact magazine and Research-Live.com

Jane Bainbridge is an experienced business journalist specialising in marketing, media and advertising. A former deputy editor of Marketing, her feature work has appeared regularly in business magazines and contract magazines for companies including RBS, Royal Mail and Orange.She has been a contributor to the Guardian Media Network and written for the nationals including The Independent, The Guardian and The Observer.

Harriet Walsh , Head of Account Management

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.

Sarah Knott , Management Accountant

Sarah is responsible for the Finance department.She graduated from Middlesex University in 1990 with an honours degree in Accounting & Finance and has worked in finance ever since. She joined MRS in January 2011 after working in a variety of industries including IT Solutions, Construction and Market Research.

Dr Michelle Goddard

Michelle is responsible for promoting and protecting MRS quality standards. 

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, she received her Ph.D. in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada in 2011 and has a wealth of experience in consumer market regulation and research gained in a range of academic, policy and enforcement roles over the last 20 years.

Guy Oliver , Head of Sales

Guy is responsible for all advertising revenue at the MRS, including IMPACT magazine, Research-Live, Research Jobfinder, the RBG, the MRS Annual Conference and our one day events. 


With over 15 years’ experience of advertising sales in publishing and for various membership bodies including the RICS, ICAEW and the CBI, Guy has considerable experience in helping advertisers reach their goals.

Samantha Driscoll , Head of Membership Development

Samantha has worked at MRS since 1991 in a variety of roles and Departments, including Conference & Events, Training and Qualifications. She is now responsible for the delivery of all detailed operational and service development relating to both individual membership and MRS qualification programmes