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DJS Research Ltd – 12 September 2023

We're delighted to welcome Matt Bristow back to DJS Research, our latest 'boomerang' returner who has rejoined the company as a Research Director, after eight years with Ipsos. 

Matt brings with him a wealth of experience in delivering research projects across the public and third sectors and has particular expertise in conducting research with vulnerable audiences, as well as large scale public consultations and engagement.  

Initially joining DJS Research in 2010 as a Senior Research Executive, Matt worked out of our (much smaller) Whalley Bridge office and left shortly after we moved to our current Strines Headquarters.

Since that time, we've seen a huge number of changes at DJS Research, including a second office open in Leeds (2017) and more recently, the expanision of our remote worker network. Other huge news has been the company changing structure on our 20th birthday in 2021, from family-owned to an employee-owned model, making staff majority shareholders and company partners. 

Matt's return sees him joining other ‘boomerang’ partners and former colleagues including former Research Manager, Sarah Smith, who has returned as Training Lead for our new JRE programme, and Maya Winter who has returned to her role as Research Manager.

Speaking about his new role as Research Manager, Matt said: 

“Whilst at Ipsos I always looked on with interest as DJS continued to grow and its recent move into employee ownership was a statement about how much value they place on their staff, something which I already knew about from my first stint at the company but which they had continued to prioritise. This also coincided with me being eager for a new challenge, an organisation that would trust and give me autonomy to develop my business areas of interest and support me to do so. It therefore felt the time was right to return and try and hopefully play a role in the next phase of the company’s journey.”

His new role will see him focus on developing and growing our already well-established public sector research offer.

Al Gleed, Managing Director of DJS Research said:

“Our employee-owned status is really helping us to attract the most talented people, and it is particularly satisfying when our previous employees return to the DJS fold after gaining a different perspective elsewhere. Matt is a very talented researcher and also a nice guy to have around so I’m delighted to see him back. Welcome home Matt!”


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