2021 off to a great start as we welcome eight new staff!

1st February 2021 13:07

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve welcomed eight new staff members to our DJS team to further enhance our research and operations departments – getting the New Year off to a great start for the company.

New appointments include a Field & Data Services Director, as well as two Research Managers, three Senior Research Executives and two Project Assistants.

A key hire for the company is Cara Rodwell, who joins as Field & Data Services Director, and brings with her two decades of industry experience. Her appointment will enhance our Fieldwork and Data Services offer to end clients, consultancies and other market research agencies. Cara previously worked for Watermelon Research where she was a Project Director. Her role at DJS Research will be carried out remotely, with a focus on client delivery and business winning.

Speaking about joining the team, Cara said:

 "I'm really pleased to be joining DJS Research at such an exciting time for the company. There are not many research agencies in the UK that can offer telephone (both consumer and B2B), face-to-face and online fieldwork services, so the fact that DJS Research offers all fieldwork approaches in-house has been a really important factor in my decision to join the agency. 

"I'm really looking forward to bringing my extensive research experience and expertise to DJS Research and am relishing the prospect of helping to grow and develop the field and data services arm of the business further."  

The other additions we’re very excited to introduce include Alex Belcher and Anna Hegarty as Research Managers; Jamie Lawson, Grace Middlehurst and Holly Collins as Senior Research Executives; as well as Sarah Smith and Carly Parsons as Project Assistants.


Research Managers


Alex Belcher joins us as a Research Manager from Breaking Blue Research and will be working remotely from Glasgow. He has experience across the full range of quantitative research methods and expertise in conducting online and offline qualitative research with consumers, businesses stakeholders, and vulnerable audiences.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a team that’s working so hard to steer businesses, charities and public sector organisations through this challenging period and to help them flourish beyond, said Alex. “This is clearly an exciting time for DJS, with strong sales, a growing team across England and now Scotland, and the confidence of so many repeat clients.” 


We have also welcomed Anna Hegarty, (right), who started in her role as Research Manager towards the end of last year. Anna came to us from Watermelon Research bringing 18 years of experience across all areas of the research process and specific expertise in project management. Anna will be focusing on multi-market, multi-lingual projects in the healthcare sector.



Senior Research Executives


We’re delighted that Senior Research Executive, Jamie Lawson has joined us from BMG Research, where he undertook qualitative and quantitative research for public sector organisations including national consumer surveys, stakeholder engagement studies and customer satisfaction research. He is looking forward to increasing his research experience with new clients and projects.


Also, joining us as a Senior Research Executive is Grace Middlehurst, who has a solid agency background with GfK and TNS, as well as experience client side at Transport for London. Grace holds the Market Research Society’s Advanced Certificate in Social and Market Research Practice and is looking forward to applying her quantitative knowledge and analytical skills in the healthcare sector. 



Holly Collins also joins us as a Senior Research Executive, having previously worked for Trinity McQueen. She will be joining team Chrome where she will be working on projects from a range of sectors, including mainly education, sports, culture & heritage and charities.  



Project Assistants


To offer key support to researchers and operations, we have appointed two experienced Project Assistants, including Sarah Smith, (left), who was a Research Manager at DJS almost a decade ago before taking a career break to start a family. 

Sarah said of her return:

“It’s great to be returning to DJS Research after taking a career break to raise a family. I have been so excited to learn of the ways in which the company, and its people, have gone from strength-to-strength, and whilst the business has grown significantly, it still feels like one big (virtual) family. It has been a joy to return and I’ve been given such a wonderful welcome back. It is important to me that I can balance work and life, and feel fulfilled in both, and I know that this is something that DJS Research respects. I’m excited to be part of the team again!” 


Carly Parsons is our other new Project Assistant (Operations Team), bringing with her an extensive knowledge of the market research industry. Carly’s role will be focused on developing our new Opinion Exchange Panel.


Expanding our remote-working network

Although our core offices are at Stockport and Leeds, it is important to us that we continue to embrace remote working for staff so we can access the best research industry talent. We are steadily expanding our presence across the UK, as well as internationally, where we currently have staff in France and Italy.

Six of our eight new hires will be working remotely - growing our network to Glasgow, Birmingham and Kent as well as the Cotswolds and Devon. 

Danny Sims, Managing Director of DJS Research said of the new appointments:

“It has obviously been and still is a very difficult time for the whole world and that includes the market research industry. We strongly believe though that it is even more important now to improve as a company and to continue to invest. Part of our strategy is to continue to expand our team and we've certainly done that with these excellent and experienced new starters who have decided to join DJS Research. We are really looking forward to working with them all and are excited about what they can bring to the company, including now a presence in Scotland. I also do feel proud that despite a very difficult climate we have managed to offer these key positions within our company.” 


Get more DJS News: 

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