New joiners at The Planning Shop
Published on 17 Apr 2020
We’re pleased to report that over the last quarter we’ve recruited some excellent new joiners for both our UK and US offices. They’ve settled in nicely and we’re very excited that they’ve joined our team. Find out about each of them below.
Michelle Healy – Senior Research Executive
Michelle joined The Planning Shop in January as a Senior Research Executive. She previously worked at Blueprint Partnership where she gained experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.
Michelle studied at Newcastle University and enjoys playing Gaelic football and rugby in her spare time.
Michelle is based in our UK office.
Matt Barrett – Senior Research Executive
Matt has joined The Planning Shop as a Senior Research Executive direct from Naxion where he was a Senior Research Analyst. He has experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative research in healthcare and financial services.
Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Lafayette College.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing and watching golf, cooking and trying new restaurants in Philadelphia. He also likes to visit the beach with friends, ski and snowboard, and watch Jeopardy!
Matt is from Philadelphia and is based in our US office.
Alyssa Turizo – Senior Research Executive
Alyssa joined The Planning Shop in February as a Senior Research Executive. She previously worked at Kudzu Research and Insights as a project manager, where she gained lots of experience conducting qualitative research projects.
Alyssa has a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an avid potter, film enthusiast, bookworm and an urban hiker. Alyssa is based in our US office.
Trey Griffin – Research Manager
Trey joined The Planning Shop from Branding Science where he spent two years as a Research Executive working in both Quantitative and Qualitative research.
Trey has a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations, and a Master of Arts in Political Science and Government, both from the University of West Florida.
He is based in New Jersey, and he has an avid interest in international politics and board games. Trey also has a personal motto: “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.”
Trey is based in our US office.
Alicia Laing – Research Executive
Alicia joined The Planning Shop in February as a Research Executive.
She holds a degree in Biology from Swansea University and has spent the last couple of years working and travelling in Australia and Asia.
Alicia previously worked as a Research Associate at a market research agency called LRWTonic Ltd. Whilst she was there, she gained experience interviewing respondents, analysing results and working on both Qualitative and Quantitative projects.
In her spare time Alicia likes to travel, playing sport (lacrosse, skiing and hiking), enjoys music festivals and socialising with friends at the pub.
Alicia is based in our UK office.
Lucy Hannon – Research Executive
Lucy joined The Planning Shop as a research executive in mid-February.
As a recent graduate in Biological Sciences, Lucy wished to pursue a career in healthcare market research.
Lucy has a degree from The Royal Veterinary College. During her third-year dissertation she studied the effects of nutraceuticals on the cardiovascular system. She also spent part of her third year at Kings College London studying cardiovascular pharmacology and drug safety and toxicology.
Lucy has a strong passion for health and fitness. She enjoys playing Lacrosse, is an avid weightlifter and competes in bodybuilding competitions! She also enjoys baking and spending time with friends.
Lucy is based in our UK office.
Tessa Rothwell – Research Executive
Tessa is an ex-Science teacher who decided to move to a career in healthcare market research.
After working for Ipsos Mori (Healthcare) and Kantar Research where she was exposed to both qualitative and quantitative research, Tessa applied for a Research Executive role at The Planning Shop.
Tessa studied at the University of York and joined us in mid-February. She brings the following skills: project management, TabSpec writing, presentation designs, and liaising with support functions to ensure delivery to brief and within timelines.
Tessa is from Hanover, Germany, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, rowing, playing the piano and photography.
Tessa is based in our UK office.
Atina Rashid – Business Support Executive
Atina joined the Resourcing Team as Business Support Executive in March. Her focus will be budgeting.
Atina comes from a data analytics background and has previously worked with Epsilon Abacus (a marketing and data analytic agency in Teddington). Whilst she was there she was responsible for collating, organising, processing and qualifying data for marketing activities.
In her spare time Atina likes to join her friends for dinner, watch movies and cooking. She also enjoys traveling and painting.
Atina is based in our UK office.
Stephen Pupkin – Senior Research Executive
Stephen freelanced with The Planning Shop for a few months before deciding to join us on a full-time basis.
He has extensive experience in healthcare market research having previously worked for BluePrint Research Group, Valeocon Management Consulting and Technical Resources International.
Stephen has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from John Hopkins University. He also has a Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University.
Stephen is based in the New York area and will work from our US office.
Olivia Richmond – Global Quality System and Compliance Specialist
Olivia joined The Planning Shop in mid-March as a Global Quality System and Compliance Specialist. She will be working from our London office as will be a part of the Compliance Team.
This is a new type of role at The Planning Shop where Olivia will help to support the Adelphi Group Research Franchise (Adelphi and TPS) to align processes and procedures.
She will be supporting Adelphi Research (US/UK) in their ISO audit and helping TPS to achieve ISO certification. She will also provide support to help business units maintain and adhere to policies and SOPs, be compliant with all relevant country-specific legislation, including GDPR, all professional codes of conduct/practice, rules and regulations of regulatory agencies and client-specific policies and procedures; and provide some project compliance support.
Olivia has most recently worked as a Regulatory Submissions Coordinator for Medpace. She has a strong background in the pharma industry and applying GDPR/privacy regulations.
Olivia holds a BSc in Human Biology from the University of Loughborough.
In her spare time, Olivia enjoys travelling, baking (chocolate brownies being a firm favourite with her friends and family), taking on physical challenges (lacrosse and marathon running to mention a few), and seeing her friends and family.
Nick Diana – Senior Field Manager
Nick has joined The Planning Shop as a Senior Field Manager direct from Naxion where he was a Senior Operations Manager. He has significant experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative research in the healthcare space.
Nick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.
Nick is the father of two daughters Selah (1 ½) and Chloe (3 weeks). In his limited free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports and playing strategy board games. He is also heavily involved in his local church. Nick is from Doylestown and is based in our US office.
Darja Idram – Research Director
Darja joined The Planning Shop from Elma Research. Her experience includes leading large leading large multidisciplinary teams in pharmaceutical, healthcare and public health research for more than a decade.
Darja has worked with multiple private sector, academic, government, and third-sector clients, delivering top quality applicable research and tangible client solutions. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research.
Darja has a degree and PhD in Sociology from Cambridge University.