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Meet The Team – Alison McKinney

October 1st, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

What’s your biggest inspiration?

The world around me. I love nature. It’s good medicine. Not only do the living things around me surprise me with their diverse evolution and endurance and ability to cope with all kinds of adversities, but it has a remarkable effect on my mood and health and wellbeing. Being outside in the elements, watching the changing of the seasons and the creatures around me is refreshing and mind clearing and the place where I do most of my thinking.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Well to be perfectly honest – I don’t think I’ve properly grown up yet and still wonder what I’d truly like to be when I do eventually grow up. At school, we had careers advice and I thought for a short while that I’d like to be a physiotherapist, but that meant studying science, and that’s not a strong point for me. I suppose I’ve always known that I’d … read more »

Are You A Petty Condiment Pilferer?

September 18th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

With both my kids off to University in the next week or so, I’ve been racking my brains for ideas to impart to help them get through what is going to be ‘lean times’.

Of course, there’s the list of easy cheap recipes, how to make washing powder, washing up liquid, shower gel and shampoo go further, put not so dirty clothes on a rinse, buy or borrow used textbooks, look out for reduced produce in supermarkets, don’t impulse buy and so on.

Then this morning, reaching into the glove compartment of my car to select a different CD to listen to on my way to work I spotted a selection of condiment sachets, extras I intended to take home and use.

Now, I understand there’s an ethical argument here as to whether it is ok to take more than the unwritten rule that you should only take what you need. But these freebies are there for the taking – right? And my … read more »

Meet The Team – Katherine Reid

September 11th, 2018 by Katherine Reid | No Responses

Here’s Katherine!

What’s Your Biggest Inspiration?

Seeing people achieve; be successful and do amazing things that they have worked hard for. Tenacity, determination and resilience are traits that I hugely admire in others.  I’m also partial to a bit of fabulous communication – those brilliant people who have fascinating insights to share about life the world and everything on TEDtalks are amazing.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

The only thing I knew for certain was that I didn’t want to be a teacher as my mum was a primary school teacher and a SENCO and my Dad was a Special Needs Headteacher and an OFSTED inspector.  I am curious and fascinated by people – why do we do the things we do, so I knew Psychology was going to float my boat.  For a while, I thought about being an Educational Psychologist but my Dad told me I would find that too frustrating.  So, instead, I am a Business … read more »

New Client Wins

April 17th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Over the past few months we’ve secured a number of new business wins. We’re delighted to have just delivered a global change survey for pharmaceutical giant, Boehringer Ingelheim. The survey was made available to over 50,000 employees in 18 languages.

Another big win is engineering support specialists, Babcock. This was a global engagement survey, translated into several languages, to Land Sector’s 12,000 employees. We’ve also picked up contracts with English National Opera and global healthcare communications agency, emotive, and Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network.

Also, we are working with Horizon Discovery, a world leading gene editing company as well as Astea Academy Trust a multi-academy trust spanning from Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. Finally, we have also just delivered SAGlobal’s first ever engagement survey, they are a Microsoft Dynamics worldwide partner.

Give us a call if you’re considering an employee research project, call 01255 870735.

Meet the team – Ralph Sutcliffe

March 27th, 2018 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Here’s Ralph!

What’s Your Biggest Inspiration:

I admire the British bulldog spirit of the likes of Winston Churchill, Guy Gibson, Douglas Bader, Roger Bannister and Bobby Moore. Also Stephen Hawking for teaching us not to give up – having been told he had two years to live as a young man in the early 60s he stayed with us for more than 50 years. What a genius – and able to laugh at himself too (his Monty Python sketch with Brian Cox).

Biggest achievement:

One wouldn’t want to blow one’s own trumpet!

I’ve been doing this since 1980 and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great people (both clients and colleagues). Some have been less so – you know who you are!

What do you bring to the world of employee research:

I’d like to think experience, passion and a ‘can do’ attitude. I believe in keeping it simple. It’s great to talk to people, to find and what they need and … read more »

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