London, 15 October 2014 Kantar Public has named a Head of National and Official Statistics Surveys and a Head of Longitudinal Studies, following a period of strong growth in both these specialist areas.

Keith Bolling has been named as TNS BMRB’s Head of National and Official Statistics Survey. He has 20+ years of experience of developing and managing large-scale surveys for a wide range of government clients. He leads a team whose portfolio includes the prestigious Crime Survey for England and Wales, the Cabinet Office’s Community Life Survey, and the National Survey for Wales. Keith started his career in the Social Survey Division of the Office for National Statistics where he worked on surveys such as the Labour Force Survey and the Health Survey for England.

Gillian Prior has been named as TNS BMRB’s Head of Longitudinal Studies. Also with 20+ years’ experience, Gillian has specialised in developing, managing and analysing large-scale complex surveys for a wide range of government, academic and other public sector clients, and has considerable expertise in research design. Gillian is the Project Director of Understanding Society. In addition, Kantar Public has a wide portfolio of longitudinal studies that it undertakes for government and academic clients, including the high profile Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, together with a number of recent appointments to run cohort programmes involving biomeasure collection. Prior to joining Kantar Public Gillian was Deputy Head of the Health Research Group at the National Centre for Social Research.

Gillian and Keith are supported by a wide range of methods specialists including new hires: Steven Coutinho and Alice McGee, both from NatCen Social Research.

Dr Michelle Harrison, CEO of Kantar Public says “I am delighted to appoint Keith and Gillian into these roles, which reflect not only their professional expertise but the strength and depth of our high profile client work in these most complex and challenging areas of UK social research.”

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About TNS
TNS UK advises clients on specific growth strategies around new market entry, innovation, brand switching and stakeholder management, based on long-established expertise and market-leading solutions. With a presence in over 80 countries, TNS has more conversations with the world’s consumers than anyone else and understands individual human behaviours and attitudes across every cultural, economic and political region of the world. TNS is part of Kantar, one of the world’s largest insight, information and consultancy groups. Please visit www.tnsglobal.com/uk for more information.

TNS UK was awarded the Market Research Society’s (MRS) Agency of the Year 2013.

About Kantar
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