THE TEAM

Our years of experience in market research recruitment have led us to have a streetwise approach to fieldwork which gives us the edge over other fieldwork agencies. Whether you need general consumers or high calibre, hard to source business respondents, our fieldworkers have the experience to source them.

We take the time to understand the unique demands of your research project, delivering a bespoke solution that gives you the insight that you require.

 



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Abi Fuller

Chief Commercial Officer

Abi was central to the creation of Acumen in 2005 and has been a driving force in the success of the business since then. Her role as Managing Director sees her running the business on a day to day basis but she’s still just as happy to roll up her sleeves and help out on any project. When not at work, Abi is kept busy by her 2 young daughters, cat and dog. She also loves organising anything, whether that’s as a trustee of a cat charity and an active member of the school PTA.

Abi secret passions include knitting and numismatics – which is coin collecting for those us who are ignorant/have a social life.

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Julie Fuller

Founder

Julie Fuller founded Acumen Fieldwork after accumulating nearly 30 years’ experience in the market research industry. In addition to Acumen Fieldwork, Julie was instrumental in the formation of a number of market research companies and sat for two consecutive terms on the Board of the AQR. Within the wider industry Julie has been recognised for her achievements, being awarded the Ginny Valentine Badge of Courage for her pioneering work on Acumonitor, in addition to being inducted as an MRS Fellow in recognition of all she has achieved.

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Gemma Shevlin

Fieldwork Director

Gemma keeps herself busy with her three boys, filling her time with long walks at the weekend getting splashed with mud and carrying a scooter or two. Aside from that she balances a careful schedule of settling down with a good book or the latest reality TV show to relax to.

Gemma’s claim to fame? Both her and her friends once spent an evening in DJ Eric Prydz’s hilltop villa in Ibiza where he cooked them an evening meal and was a perfect host.

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Becki Pickering

Fieldwork Director

Becki has worked at Acumen for as long as anyone can remember. Outside the office, Becki loves to spend time with her little boy and is to teaching him the key things in life…lie-ins are essential. In lieu of that, Gin and tonic makes most things better. LFC are the only team to follow and holidays abroad are a must!

Once found dancing into the early hours of indie bars Becki now tends to spend free time in soft play. Music (pre 2000!) however is still a huge passion of hers and each day she has those fingers crossed for an Oasis reunion (did she mention she has met Liam and Noel?!).

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Jordan Ashall

Healthcare Lead

Jordan is a key member of the healthcare team, providing senior level support across the department on a variety of projects and leading the team on a number of initiatives, such as increasing our database of healthcare participants. Jordan is always happy to lend his experience to clients during the early stages, scoping out phases of a new projects. This early involvement can really help to ensure the success of the project with clients getting the insights they need and participants feeling engaged and valued.

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Holly Slater

Qualitative and Quantitative Lead

Holly is fortunate enough to have the Peak District right on her doorstep and takes full advantage by spending her free time taking her dog Maverick on long treks around the countryside. No news on how Maverick feels about this but let’s assume he’s a happy chappy with Holly keeping him company.

Holly’s claim to fame is that she once had afternoon tea with Richard Hammond: Despite her drink of choice being a Cosmo. Guess you can’t have everything in life.

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Sam Garlick

Qualitative Lead

Sam enjoys the simple things in life. If those simple things include a minimum of 3 trips to Italy each year – and we’re stressing the word minimum. The only thing which occupies more of her time is falling down a Youtube hole and losing hours of her evening –  we’ve all been there!

When she’s not planning her next jaunt to Italy you can find Sam curled up with her cat watching Manchester City win.

 

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Amanda Wolstenholme

Head of Finance

Amanda spends most of her free time touring the North West, standing either pitchside, courtside or at the track watching her kids playing their sports. When she isn’t operating as the family taxi service, Amanda likes to go running or for long country walks with her Schnoodle, Ralph.

Highlights of the year are the family ski trips although preferably without the shiner she got on the last holiday. She still hasn’t confessed whether it was something that happened on the slopes or at the Après ski.

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James Talbot

Project & Accounts Administrator

James is a keen traveller and is always looking for the next tropical beach where he can soak up the rays with a good book. When he is in back in the comfort of his own home he’s an avid baker and team favourite when he brings his latest creations into the office for the team to enjoy.

You have to get in there fast though!

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Victoria Chapleo

Recruitment Lead

Vic heads up our recruitment team. She’s one of the originals and has been here since fax machine were around. She’s seen every research subject matter possible come through the team at some point!

At home I’m a bit of a neat freak and spend far too much time looking at paint samples and moving cushions around my house – so much so that it’s become like the Golden Gate Bridge; by the time I’ve perfected the decoration of the rooms it’s time to start all over again.

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Alan Shirley

Senior Project and Recruitment Manager

Al is kept fairly busy with his young family of two daughters, Etta and Wren. When they’re not keeping him on his toes he indulges his love of watching sports – especially when it comes to heading down to Twickenham to watch the Rugby International matches.

Back at home he can usually be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm for his friends and family.

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Erin Finerty

Senior Recruitment Specialist

During her free time, you can often find Erin spending time with her friends and family; going out for meals or having parties at home.

She’s a huge lover of travel and have been on a big trip around the world with my other half, in addition to exploring new cities and countries. She likes to keep herself busy, but if she’s not out and about you will find her snuggled up on the sofa binge watching the Real Housewives!

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Andy Fuller

Project and Recruitment Manager

Andy is a consummate sportsman. Not only was he a professional Rugby Player – which he now enjoys with as many trips to Twickenham as he can – but he showed his love of all sports prior to joining the company as a Senior School Leader in Physical Education.

Unsurprisingly this love of sports spills over into all aspects of his life as he claims his Mastermind specialist subject would be WWF wrestling from the 90’s.

Andy also has an impressive travelling resume, managing to visit 21 different countries in 2019. We’re still not clear if that was for pleasure or if he was on the run from Interpol.

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Jon Byrne

Head of IT

Jon is our Head of IT and a King of Geekdom realm, His interests are not limited to computers, servers or even the network drive which keeps our business at its peak. He also holds an Amateur Radio license so he can talk to people all over the world  – almost as if he’s never heard of Zoom – chatting about the weather and many of the other burning issues of the day, all from the shed at the bottom of his garden.

Jon is also a regular cyclist – whether that’s with his family or getting to and from work when the weather allows.

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Laura Ryan

Project Manager

After completing her studies in Psychology and Forensics at University, Laura has found her niche in the dynamic world of market research. Exploring the intricate connections between minds and markets is her daily pursuit, and she revels in the challenges and discoveries it brings.

Outside of her professional endeavours, Laura transforms into a devoted foodie. Picture her on the sofa, immersed in the warmth of a bowl of ramen, accompanied by the pages of a good book. This blend of intellectual curiosity and the simple joys of life defines Laura’s fulfilling journey.

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Leanne Cross

Admin and Engagement Lead

Leanne heads up the Admin team and looks after all things company engagement and wellbeing.  It is the perfect job for her as she gets to make people happy everyday whilst thinking of fun things for everyone to do; and she plans all the parties! This last task is probably the one she loves the most as she’s always the first on the dancefloor and at some point she will be leading a rendition of Proud Mary.

Leanne also fancies herself as a bit of a Mrs Hinch – but without the Social media followers. Her latest obsession is finding new places to explore on her weekend walks. If she hasn’t done a 4 mile walk on a Sunday then, she says, has it even been a Sunday?

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Steve Churchley

Systems Development Manager

If you’re ever short of a good movie or a new TV series to get stuck into then Steve is full of recommendations. In addition to that he’ll happily talk your ear off about Manchester United, the latest tech/gadget he’s discovered or the best eateries to go for lunch in Manchester.

Above all else though, his main love is for his two daughters, Annabel and Autumn, both of whom keep Steve busy running around after them.

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Richard Lumour

Project Manager

A self-confessed geek and not afraid to admit it; Richard has an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything related to Star Wars. He even offers people the chance to challenge him on his knowledge of The Force. But that’s not the complete picture of Richard as he’s also an accomplished chef – he even took those skills and worked at the 2012 Olympic Games which was a huge highlight of his career.

Richard also loves to spend time with his family, getting together every Friday night to play a variety of board games. Possibly Star Wars related?

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Dan Hassall

Data Specialist

Dan is the data expert behind the work that Acumen’s quant team conduct. He supports the department by taking the raw data from our projects and uses it to create accessible reports for our clients. Dan is also responsible for scripting our online surveys and, thanks to his talent for programming, is also able to build bespoke software for research projects that go beyond what would otherwise be possible. Away from the office Dan is a keen wrestler and also practices Jiu Jitsu.

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Maria Ashraf

Account Manager

When Maria’s not at work you can almost certainly guarantee that you will find her at home with her family, kicking back and taking in the spectacle of some of her favourite Bollywood drama’s. All the costumes, the characters but most of all the melodrama.

And Maria is something of a an artist herself when it comes to make-up. She has a plethora of looks that she can create to rival any Bollywood superstar.

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Emily Basnett

Senior Recruitment Specialist

Before joining the company Emily worked in the Manchester Hospitality Industry, so she’s always the one making cocktails at any work party – or any party in general.

A mother to a little boy who keeps her very busy, and an eclectic lover of music. You’ll most likely find her blasting out Pop Punk or singing Celine at the top of her lungs!

Emily’s idea of a dream holiday is filled with sun, great food and wine and good book!

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Clare Deer

Project Manager

Clare enjoys all of the variety that Manchester has to offer. She’s often spending her evenings with friends, going for drinks or dinner with all of her friends. When asked if she had any guilty pleasures she confessed to her love for both the Twilight saga of books and films – by her own admission she knows they’re terrible but somebody has to love them.

Clare’s favourite story to tell is that, while attending a Babyshambles gig, Pete Doherty’s mic accidentally hit her in the head, resulting in him jumping off the stage, mid-song, to check she was ok and give her a hug.

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Julia Banks

Senior Project & Recruitment Manager

Julia is a true crime devotee – but don’t worry her passion for this is strictly limited to Podcasts; of which she has a long list of recommendations for anyone and everyone within earshot. However, she is keen to point out that she balances out this love of true crime with the glitz of Rupaul’s Drag Race, the zen of Yoga, and the love of spoiling her pet cat.

Fun fact: Julia once appeared on the Esther Rantzen Show with Wolf from Gladiators.

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Liz Diez

Head of Compliance and Business Development

Liz loves spending time outdoors, drinking coffee and planning holidays. She is an avid reader and has clocked up 2 solid months of listening to audio books, mainly whilst speed walking through Manchester clocking up steps on her lunchbreak – undoubtedly fuelled by all the coffee.

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Vicki Moran

Project & Recruitment Manager

It’s well-known in the office that Vicki is the person to speak to you if you have an interest in all things vintage. She’s an expert bargain hunter and always manages to find those hidden gems. She’s also a passionate vegan, tea drinker and red wine connoisseur – although not all at the same time.

Vicki keeps herself fit with pole dance fitness classes and keeps herself entertained with horror and sci-fi books and movies.

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Laura Baxter

People and Administration Director

Laura is our Head of HR and is responsible for everything that involves the people who make the business what it is. She’s been instrumental in driving a number of initiatives which have helped to make Acumen the thriving business with a growing workforce. Outside of her role Laura is an avid fan of home renovation TV shows and has even completed some Grand Designs of her own in the form of a garden shed that’s been transformed into an outdoor sports bar – something which allows her to indulge in her second passion of entertaining family and friends.

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Joe Wood

Project Manager

As part of my BA in Human Geography I had the chance to spend a year Shanghai, China. Well, nearly a year… I was sent home because of COVID! But it also gave me the opportunity to travel the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

I enjoy drinking, dining and laughing with friends and playing a range of different sports; from Football and Golf to Sailing and Kayaking.

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Harriet Connell

Senior Recruitment Specialist

Harriet is by her own admission a restless soul. Finding it hard to sit still for very long she fills her time away from work with the gym, partying the night away at events like the Warehouse Project and long heady weekends at festivals.

The big dream is to do much more travelling. Her favourite destinations so far include Barcelona and Singapore – but she’s already busy thinking about all the places she’d love to go over the next couple of years.

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Elle Stephens

Project and Recruitment Manager

Elle enjoys everything that Manchester has to offer; whether that’s the cinema, bars or the many restaurants that goes to with her friends. Her favourite things for some relaxation are reading and watching movies, as well as catching up on whatever TV series she’s currently binge watching.

Of course none of that compares to perhaps the most important relationship in Elle’s life: Taylor Swift. Her love for this legend has put Elle in the top 33,000 listeners on Spotify which requires some serious man hours. For this dedication alone we all stand by Elle and her passion and anyone who’s not on the Taylor train… well, “Haters gonna hate”.

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George Crosbie

Senior Project Manager

When George was growing up he was determined to become a pilot but discovering he was colour blind quickly put a stop to that career path. It may have been a blessing in disguise as he now has a fear of flying. However this fear hasn’t stopped him from travelling to some of the most beautiful places in the world.

He’s spent time travelling around South-East Asia, enjoying the cuisine and the beaches that even an Instagram filter couldn’t match.

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Beth Godfrey

Project and Recruitment Manager

Beth is a real enthusiast when it comes to home interiors. Whether that’s home makeovers on television, the jaw-dropping interior designs on Instagram or the dressing up of her own home, She’s also an incredible baker with a speciality for biscuits which look almost too good to eat. Almost. She’s also kept very busy with her boys who are the real heart of the home.

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Danni Corrigan

Project Administrator

Danni’s main love is spending time with her daughters, husband and her cockerpoo Domino. Danni is also a bit handy when it comes to DIY and is as happy building something from scratch as she is hanging our friends and family – often being the last to leave the party.

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Charlotte Cross

Project Administrator

When Charlotte isn’t helping to support the various departments at Acumen on the Admin team, she loves to escape into anything that involves the supernatural, horror or ghost stories and is always looking for her next hit. So she welcomes any recommendations for Podcasts, movies or novels.

Just try to remember to grab her after 10am though, as she admits she is not a morning person.

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Simon Churchley

IT Project Analyst

Simon has recently taken up a new hobby of electric longboarding. After seeing a video of it and being told that he was too old for something like that which, to him, was like having a gauntlet thrown down. One month later he had his first electric longboard and was riding off-road at 20mph.

He now goes for regular rides with friends in the Peak District or Wales but has ruled out any competitions saying that 20mph is probably enough for him.

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Robyn Simner

Project Manager

Having delved into the world of Sociology during university, Robyn found herself navigating the intricacies of human behavior. In her professional life, the joy lies in being a jack of all trades, immersed in diverse projects. What truly elevates the experience for her is the incredible camaraderie with her colleagues.

Away from the office, Robyn’s fingers dance across the piano keys, and the thrill of Formula 1 races captivates her. There’s a quirky anecdote too—Bucks Fizz once graciously held the door for her. And yes, she’s had the unique pleasure of being ‘Rickrolled’ in real life after catching Rick Astley live. Life’s full of unexpected delights!

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Katie Thirkettle

Project Manager

Having graduated from the Uni of Manchester, Katie stepped into the professional realm as a Project Manager over a year ago. The journey has been a fulfilling one, marked by collaboration with a wonderful array of people, both internally and externally.

Outside the professional sphere, two interesting facets of Katie’s life stand out. A love for running keeps her moving, embracing the freedom of each stride. Additionally, dance classes, particularly ballet, add a touch of grace and rhythm to her routine. In work and leisure, Katie finds joy in the connections she makes and the passions she pursues.

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Tim Hagan

Project Manager

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LiamSheen

Project Manager

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