Insight Alchemy 2023

Jane Frost, CBE - CEO of MRS


To meet the challenges which bombard us, we need to be creative and change the way we think and act. Not many of us are lucky enough to have a clean slate on which to draw, the rest of us need re-invention."


From new ways of working to new commercial models, from making our businesses truly inclusive to achieving net zero, we need to be creative and change the way we think and act.

Impact 2022 is all about re-invention, spreading out for you a feast of inspiring speakers, bold ideas and clever case studies as well as demonstrating techniques to help you and your business meet those challenges. 

Not many of us are lucky enough to have a clean slate on which to draw - the rest of us need re-invention. 


Lady HaleSQ

Lady Hale

Former President of the Supreme Court

As the UK’s first female law lord and President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale won global attention in announcing the 2019 prorogation of Parliament to be unlawful. Yet that dramatic moment was merely the pinnacle of a career throughout which she was hailed as a pioneering reformer. In a wide-ranging interview Lady Hale will discuss overcoming career hurdles, championing equality and critical role of the law and evidence in today’s society.

Interviewer: Martin Lee, Co-Founder, Acacia Avenue

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James TimpsonSQ

James Timpson OBE

Chief Executive, The Timpson Group

Timpsons has consistently rated as one of the UK’s best companies to work for over 18 years. James discusses a culture based on trust and kindness. James pioneered the recruitment of ex-offenders; Timpson now employs over 600 prison leavers. James is Chair of the Prison Reform Trust and supports various prison charities and support groups, and was presented with an OBE in 2011.

Interviewer: Louise McLaren, Board Director, Truth Consulting

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Paul PolmanSQ

Paul Polman

Co-founder and Chair Imagine – and author of Net Positive, How Courageous Companies Thrive

Paul has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.

Interviewer: Babita Earle, EVP Global Enterprise Partnerships, Zappi

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Prof. Dan Breznitz

Author and Professor, University of Toronto

Dan Breznitz, professor and chair of Innovation Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto and author of 'Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World'. Longlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year 2021, listen in as Dan Breznitz offers a challenge to prevailing ideas about innovation and a guide to identifying the best growth strategy for communities.

Interviewer: Tim Phillips, author and journalist

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Diversity SQ

DEI: Building a better, fairer and bolder insight business

Panel debate

Diversity, equality and inclusivity (DEI) are at the top of the corporate agenda. What is the global insight business doing to ensure that it operates in the fairest and most representative way? We present key findings from the recently conducted GRBN Global DEI Survey, which measured the shape and pace of change in ten countries across the globe. Find out what’s being done and how you can help achieve more. 

Chair: Andrew Cannon, Executive Director, GRBNEmel Mohammadally, SVP of EMEA, LucidCharlene Adamah, Co-Founder, COReMario Xavier Carrasco, Co-Founder and Principal, Think Now
Steven Lacey, MD, The Outsiders and Co-Chair MRS Unlimited

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Delphi SQ

Reimagining how data and research can work together

MRS Delphi Group debate

Join Spotify, Aviva and other leading brands to bust some of the myths about what data and market research can and cannot achieve. 

Some of the largest tech companies with their unlimited amounts of data still need surveys and other more traditional forms of market research to help them make critical business decisions. This session will help all businesses understand where to focus on skills and organisational structures to enable data and research to work in partnership to deliver accelerated insight. 

Chair: Rhea Fox, Head of Marketing, General Insurance , Aviva
Michael Bowen, Principal Researcher, Spotify

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