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Our senior team

 
 

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Jocelyn Rout

Jocelyn Rout

Co-Managing Director

Jocelyn co-leads Verian in New Zealand. With more than 25 years’ experience working with public sector clients, Jocelyn consults on a broad range of policy areas and is recognised as an expert in delivering complex methodologies and tackling sensitive topics. Jocelyn and her team have won a number of awards for helping clients deliver meaningful impact, most recently the gold award at the global 2022 ESOMAR Research Effectiveness awards for research on youth and porn (conducted for the Classification Office) that had global impact.

Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne

Co-Managing Director

Mike co-leads Verian in New Zealand. For more than 25 years, Mike has advised clients in both the private and public realms delivering deep insight into how people think and behave. Mike works across a wide range of policy areas. He especially relishes tackling the seemingly impossible whether that be measuring the ROI of a public intervention, or using theory and multiple data sources to predict how many people will act or where society or a market is headed next.

Rachel-Pita

Rachel Pita (Ngāti Wai)

Head of Cultural Insights Practice

Rachel leads our Cultural Insights Practice. With more than 17 years’ advisory experience, Rachel has a strong track record in working with the public and private sectors, including Kaupapa Māori organisations and iwi. She is a strong advocate and practitioner of Kaupapa Māori research, and facilitates engagement that builds deep insight into te ao Māori values and perspectives. A career highlight for Rachel was the award winning work she pioneered during her time at Whakaata Māori (Māori Television) for successfully isolating and measuring the impact of the broadcaster on the revitalisation of te reo Māori, a world-first for indigenous broadcasters.

Kathryn-Robinson

Kathryn Robinson

Head of Behavioural Insights

Kathryn is a senior strategist and consultant, with 20 years’ experience specialising in communications and behavioural insights. Kathryn advises a range of clients in the public sector, with especially deep expertise in the areas of risky behaviours and family violence. Prior to joining Verian (formerly Kantar Public) in 2018, Kathryn held senior creative agency positions in both the UK and NZ including, most recently, Planning Partner at FCB in Wellington.

Celine Yockney

Céline Yockney

Head of Qualitative Practice

Céline heads up our qualitative insights offer at Verian. Whether Céline is listening to the stories of our most vulnerable New Zealanders, or interviewing senior Government ministers, she is driven to truly understand the reality of people’s experiences and worlds. For more than 20 years, Céline has used this understanding to shed new light on complex problems in the public realm. Céline’s advisory work has been recognised globally at the ESOMAR research effectiveness awards for behaviour change research that led to a reduction in New Zealand’s growing student loan debt.

Jamie Fotheringham

Jamie Fotheringham

Programme Evaluation Director

Jamie leads our Evaluation Practice in New Zealand. Jamie is an evaluation and impact assessment specialist with over 25 years’ experience both as a consultant and a senior government official. He has designed and delivered complex evaluation studies for public sector clients across a wide array of subject matters including gender equality and social inclusion, skills and employment, business support, science and innovation and international development. Jamie was previously Head of Policy and Economic Development for the Falkland Islands Government, driving forward a broad range of issues including minimum wage legislation, immigration policy and fisheries regulation.

Tom Morrish

Tom Morrish

Group Account Director

New Zealand

With 10 years’ experience in qualitative research and behavioural insights, Tom is passionate about surfacing rich insights that enable clients to see the world through the eyes of their audience. Prior to joining Verian (formerly Kantar Public), Tom was a strategist and research consultant advising global clients on behaviour change in the healthcare setting. With his background, he brings deep knowledge of the healthcare sector and behaviour change within complex multi-stakeholder systems.

Susan Arthur

Susan Arthur

Client Director

Susan has more than 25 years’ experience in the private and public realms advising a wide range of clients. She has a deep expertise in the transport sector. Susan especially enjoys the challenges of projects involving complex methodologies and needing specialised quantitative techniques such as segmentations and modelling.

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