At the Market Research Society's annual idea-festival Impact 2014, KILN will bring 6 IdeaKegs into a room where teams of 8 will tackle a real-world challenge in just 55 minutes. To help us, we've assembled a terrific team of talented individuals. We're pleased to introduce:
Chris has 10 years of experience in brand planning and consumer insight and spent 8 years at international brand consultancy Flamingo where he was head of semiotics.
He holds degrees in History, International Relations and from the Chartered Institute Marketing. Since setting up Creative Semiotics in 2010 he has worked with companies such as the BBC, Volkswagen, Unilever, and Boots. He is the founder of the Semiotic Thinking Group, a co-founder of Semiofest, the applied semiotics conference and he teaches an MA course module on Brands and Meaning at the University of Warwick.
Suzanne's areas of expertise: Consumer Innovation Stories – Technology Insights – New Product Ideation
A creative R&D innovator, fluent in the worlds of consumer and technology, Suzanne’s fresh thinking and inventive mind-set drive breakthrough product design and communication.
Suzanne is a PhD-educated scientist with a specialist ability to combine creative and analytical thinking that can deeply penetrate consumer and technical questions to inspire novel business ideas.
She has 16 years of diverse experience in R&D at P&G, working with Business and Technology functions across Beauty brands globally on front-end innovation, product design, communication, and innovation strategy.
Suzanne studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University followed by a PhD in Chemistry from the University College London. She then worked for Procter & Gamble in R&D for 16 years before becoming a founding partner at Untapped Innovation Consulting in 2012.
Sally's areas of expertise: Deep Consumer Insight – Innovation Landscaping – Brand Equity
A consumer centric innovation thought-leader, fluent in the worlds of R&D and Business, Sally leverages a unique ability to draw out deep consumer insights from in depth analyses to ignite business decisions spanning product design, brand communication and brand portfolio strategy.
She has 17 years of diverse experience at P&G, working with Business and Technology functions across Beauty brands globally with assignments in the UK, Dubai, Germany and Japan.
Sally studied Chemistry at the University of Bristol and spent 17 years with Procter & Gamble in R&D and Insight function before becoming one of the founding partners of Untapped Innovation Consulting, formed in 2012.
Lois Ireson, a co-director of MSB Executive specialising in training and coaching clients in communication techniques providing ‘soft skills for hard jobs’. Lois draws on 14 years experience in the global consumer goods environment working on brands such as Southern Comfort, Sainsbury’s, Penfolds and Lindeman’s wines. She has led teams to think innovatively across the UK, Europe, South Africa and the USA. She is passionate about helping people discover and communicate their ideas successfully. Lois tweets from @loisireson
Clarity Hunter Aly King-Smith.
Aly King-Smith is an Executive Coach who has developed a knack for cutting through the chaos in people’s thinking, whether that’s individuals, or groups. She first became gripped by the study of behaviours when starting her career as a Physiotherapist in London, working with victims of torture in the early 1990s.
With a strong commercial background, she has specialized in developing people (and their peculiar behaviours in business) since 1998, and her recent work has centred on coaching individuals & groups to have brave and crucial conversations. She is now employed by global clients to help them with clear thinking, decision-making and leadership development.
At Throughline, they call her Clarity Hunter, for reasons which will become obvious… She champions women in work and is the founder of Northamptonshire's ClearWorks. Aly tweets from @KS_Aly and @clearaly
Jane Martin is a creative facilitator and qualitative researcher who's worked with groups from Somali pastoralists to Government Ministers, trafficked Vietnamese women and American innovation leaders. She brings together techniques from theatre, visual arts, storytelling, and participatory learning to help companies and NGOs solve problems and look at experiences in new ways with videos, art exhibitions, trainings, digital stories, and written reports. Current fascinations include gamification, mindfullness, Sichuan cookery and occasional readings of her own work at London literary events. She holds MAs from Glasgow and Winchester Universities, the latter in Theatre and Media for Development, and has lived and worked in three continents. Jane tweets from @c_socialchange