Steve has over 30 years audience research experience and is one of the UK’s leading media research statisticians. After a number of years at NOP and Audits of Great Britain, Steve joined RSMB as a founding director in 1987. During his time at RSMB, Steve has developed many new design features for the operation, management and output of the BARB TV audience measurement panel. This has extended to other media and other countries with Steve becoming an acknowledged expert in statistical design, analysis, audience modelling and data fusion. Steve is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.
Chris joined RSMB as Chief Executive in February 2020. Chris entered the audience research industry over 30 years ago, initially working for regional ITV stations, then Eurosport before moving to Sky to be Head of Research for Sky Television. From Sky he moved to the BBC where he was Head of Audiences, in charge of all the BBC’s audience research across public service (licence fee funded) activities. During his tenure at the BBC he was responsible a number of innovations including the Pulse(the BBC’s first online audience reaction panel) and the Daily Life Survey, the first major UK research initiative using PDAs. Immediately prior to RSMB, Chris was Managing Director of Clearcast, the commercial company responsible for the preclearance of TV advertising. Chris has previously been a Director of BARB and RAJAR.
Andy started his career at Audits of Great Britain in 1984 as a Statistician. He joined RSMB when the company was formed in 1987 and is responsible for managing all RSMB’s information systems. He has a wide range of experience in designing and building systems to process all types of research and marketing information data, including all RSMB’s BARB panel management and quality control software systems. Over the years Andy has developed a number of statistically-based numerical procedures, including the pioneering RSMB data fusion algorithm.
Ross has over 15 years media research experience, specialising in television audience measurement. Ross began his career at Carlton Television before spending six years at the pioneering media agency PHD. He returned to the broadcast sector with BSkyB. In 2006 Ross took the role of Client Services Director at AGB Nielsen Media Research, the then metering and measurement contractor for BARB. At AGB NMR, Ross had responsibility for the measurement and reporting, data production, client service and commercial development functions. Most recently he held the Client Services Director role at GfK NOP Media. At RSMB Ross has responsibility for commercial operations.
BARB Project Manager
Debbie has been at RSMB since 1998 when she joined as a Statistician. Since then she has undertaken a variety of roles, from being responsible for the development of audience calculation methodologies, sampling errors and a variety of statistical related projects, through to managing RSMB’s Quality Control department. Debbie is currently responsible for managing RSMB’s BARB contract for survey design, calculation methodology and quality control, while taking a leading role in RSMB’s involvement in all developments of the BARB service.
Noel O’Sullivan is Chief Statistician for RSMB, having joined the company in 1995. Noel graduated in Statistics from Bath University. His responsibilities at RSMB include specifying the methodology used in the BARB contract, quality controlling the overall service and providing general statistical consultancy. Noel is also involved in the sample design and quality control for the RAJAR contract. Noel has designed and undertaken a number of fusion projects for RSMB, including the fusion element of the IPA Touchpoints service.
Technical Client Services Manager
Anne has been involved in media research since 1991, working on both the supplier and client side. She has previously worked for RSMB and ATR (now AGB Nielsen Media Research) in the panel and client service departments. She has also worked in the research and strategy areas for leading broadcasters including Carlton, Flextech and NBC Universal. Anne returned to RSMB to manage the company’s audience measurement contract for RAJAR, while also taking responsibility for the client service department.
Mike has been at RSMB since 1990 and currently combines managing the IT department with various aspects of software development, data processing and hardware/software/network support. Mike’s principal role is in the quality control, data processing and special analysis of BARB Databases I & II, BARB Establishment Survey and RAJAR data. Mike holds an honours degree in Natural Philosophy from Glasgow University.