Robert Blood, founder and managing director
Robert was inspired to create SIGWATCH as a result of working at board director level of the public relations and issue management consultancies Fleishman-Hillard UK and before that, the Quentin Bell Organisation. During this time he was increasingly being consulted by multinationals and industry and professional associations on the impact of the emerging political force that was activism and NGOs. Since then he has built SIGWATCH into the world's leading research and strategy consultancy on NGOs and campaigning groups. Today SIGWATCH has dozens of clients across the world and a global network of researchers and analysts.
Robert is a highly regarded trainer on predicting and managing issue campaigns and has developed several popular workshops on the topic. He is also a visiting lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several UK universities and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Communications Management. He has a degree in physics from Durham University, England.
Nick Winkfield, non-executive director
Nick is a communication researcher and planner, working in and around public affairs, CSR, reputational risk, crisis management and employee motivation. For 12 years he was International Director of Research Services Ltd, after which he was a Partner in MORI (both are now part of IPSOS), and then Managing Director of Wirthlin-Europe, the EMEA arm of a leading US research firm which has since been absorbed into Harris Interactive. He subsequently founded Stakeholder Studies, a research and consulting firm and worked closely with GlobeScan and Kissmann Langford. His clients have included many of the Fortune 500, also government departments and agencies and voluntary organizations at the UK and multinational levels. Nick graduated from Cambridge University in philosophy and psychology.
David Green, partner (USA)
David Green is an international issues management consultant specialising in food and agricultural policy and marketing issues, particularly the introduction of new technologies to the global marketplace. For more than twenty five years he has been a consultant to organizations and multi-national companies on both sides of the Atlantic and a regular media commentator on food and farming issues. He began his career as a beef and sheep farmer in Ireland and subsequently joined Europe's largest farm magazine, Farmers Weekly, in London. He was educated at the Ulster University and now lives in the United States in Virginia outside Washington DC.
Garth Rowan, partner (Canada)
Garth has two decades of experience as a communications consultant, trainer, mediator, corporate strategist, reporter and lawyer. Garth has ten years business and international news reporting experience, including assignments for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, CBC and CNN International in Europe and CNN Atlanta. While his clients include many of North America’s leading corporations, he also takes on some pro-bono work with a focus on The United Way, the Homeless Foundation and The Parkinson’s Society. He obtained a B.A. (honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Constitutional Law from the University of Ulster before qualifying as a lawyer from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is also trained as an interest-based negotiator and mediator at the University of Calgary.
Juliet Wu, client services director
Juliet joined SIGWATCH after nearly a decade of experience in market research and analysis in consumer marketing, FMCG, business & finance media, pharmaceuticals and tourism in the UK and Taiwan. Most recently she was a senior analyst for Datamonitor Group. Juliet is fluent in Chinese, Japanese and English and has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from National Chengchi University in Taipei.