London – 14 October Kantar Public is pleased to announce the appointment of Hazel Wilkinson and Sally Panayiotou to senior leadership roles.

Hazel Wilkinson has joined Kantar Public as a Director in its Qualitative and Communications Team. In this role she will be responsible for leading some of TNS BMRB’s key client accounts and projects, including research and strategic consultancy for Public Health England.

Hazel joins Kantar Public from Corporate Culture, a marketing and communications consultancy with a specialist focus on transformational change, where she was Client Services Director. Prior to that, Hazel spent a number of years at Opinion Leader.

Desiree Lopez, CEO of Kantar Public said, “Hazel brings methodological rigour and expertise along with fantastic experience in behaviour change, strategic consultancy and communications. Her energy and dedicated approach make her an ideal addition to the senior leadership team in Kantar Public.”

Commenting on her new role, Hazel Wilkinson said, “I’m delighted to join the team at Kantar Public and to have the chance to lead a range of high profile government client accounts. With one foot in the Qualitative team and one foot in the Communications team this role really plays to my background, strengths and interests”.

Also joining Kantar Public is Sally Panayiotou as Director in its Policy Research Team. Sally will work across a broad portfolio of policy research and evaluation studies.

Sally joins from Ipsos MORI, where she was a Research Director. She has a diverse quantitative and qualitative research background and has particular expertise in conducting research with children and young people. Sally was recently on secondment at the Cabinet Office Social Action Team, developing the team’s evaluation strategy and helping them make better use of commissioned research. Before focusing on social policy research, Sally spent the first seven years of her research career working in commercial research for a range of financial, retail, media, technology and publishing clients.

Commenting on the appointment Desiree Lopez said, “We are excited about Sally joining our Policy practice. She is a true policy expert with deep social research expertise. Her ability to deliver high impact work across a range of policy issues make her an ideal addition to what is a fantastically strong Policy team.”

Sally Panayiotou said, “There seems to be an increasing emphasis on creating a strong evidence base for what works in policy development. Set this against the need to adapt to frequently changing research parameters and challenging timescales, always with a focus on cost-effective solutions, and you can see why I love the dynamism of social policy research. I’m excited to be joining Kantar Public where there’s a real desire to find innovative and effective ways of working with our clients to meet these challenges and deliver insightful findings, all underpinned by the highest quality standards.”

The dedicated Kantar Public qualitative team works on high-profile projects, pioneering the latest techniques and methods to meet the ever developing needs of UK policy makers. Its communications team work on some of the largest behaviour change and campaign evaluations in the UK.

The Kantar Public Policy research team is responsible for delivering some of the largest and most high-profile research studies in the UK, including major evaluations for the Department for Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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About Kantar Public
With the longest continuous heritage of any social research company in Britain, Kantar Public has played a leading role in chronicling the changing social, political and business landscape of the UK for over 80 years.

Operating out of offices in London and Edinburgh, Kantar Public undertakes research that underpins decision-making by policy makers across national and local Government at the highest level, and provides knowledge which helps the private and third sectors plan and care for society. We offer market leading research expertise in public service delivery, public communication, public dialogue and engagement, and the collection and collation of national statistics.

Kantar Public is part of TNS UK.

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TNS is part of Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP and one of the world’s largest insight, information and consultancy groups.

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