ComRes makes three new appointments in major Board restructure

Leading polling and research consultancy ComRes have announced a major Board restructure with the appointment of three new non-executive directors.

The appointments are part of a new strategy from the firm, which is gearing up for significant growth over the next three years.

Andrew Hawkins, ComRes Founder and Chairman, said “as we enter our tenth year of unbroken growth, we have in place a new ambitious strategy for diversification and expansion, so we want the very best talent to help ensure that we keep on track and achieve our plans.

“The calibre of non-executive director we have been able to attract speaks volumes about the power of ComRes as a brand as well as our strong team, client base and track record.  We have always sought to surround ourselves with the very best talent and today’s appointments are very much aligned with that goal.

The new non-executive directors are:

Clare Hayward, Director of Cirrus, a leadership, talent and engagement consulting firm, working with global clients.  Clare is a highly regarded business leader and senior speaker with over 20 years’ experience working across private and public sectors in a variety of roles.  As well as her business experience Clare has a number of roles in senior leadership positions including her local LEP and Manchester Metropolitan University, and is Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire.

Simon Carter, Executive Director of Marketing, Fujitsu UK & Ireland.  Simon is responsible for marketing activity across the UK & Ireland for the £27bn IT company Fujitsu, with a career spanning Board level marketing positions with some of our strongest brands, including Thomas Cook, Post Office, EdF Energy, Virgin and NatWest.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Coventry University (London), and Secretary to the Armed Forces Committee for the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

Chris Guyver has been a leading political consultant in Westminster for more than twenty five years. He has founded and sold two successful companies and now acts as a political consultant for many companies and organisations. He also operated a lobbying business in Brussels and advised many companies in that market.  Chris has advised some of the world’s largest companies on lobbying, campaigns and political risk management strategies; and has worked with over 350 different companies and organisations in the UK and Brussels. He has written extensively about political consultancy and has recently completed a book about the relationship between business and politics.  Chris was elected to the Marylebone Cricket Club Committee in 2015.