Our people

Robert Blood, founder and managing director
Robert is considered one of Europe's leading experts on NGOs and activism. He has contributed numerous articles and papers to management and academic publications, and has been interviewed widely, from the Financial Times and BBC Television News to Reuters Television and Swiss National Radio. He is a highly regarded trainer on managing activist risk 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. 

Robert, who has a degree in Physics, 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 in the 1990s and with the Quentin Bell Organisation. During this time he observed the increasing impact on businesses and politicians of professional campaigning groups. Robert has built SIGWATCH into the world's leading research and strategy consultancy on NGOs. Today SIGWATCH has over sixty clients across the world, including many of the world's sector-leading multinationals, financial institutions and investment managers.  

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.

Charlotte Moore, head of research
Charlotte is a linguist and activism specialist, with experience researching and writing about activist campaigning tactics across a broad range of issues. She graduated from the University of Durham with a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures (Arabic and Spanish) and wrote her first-class dissertation about emerging grass-roots feminist activism in Argentina and its links to the country’s cultural and historical context. Charlotte spent time living, working, and, studying in Argentina, Morocco, and Spain, before settling in London to work with SIGWATCH.

Richard Blood, senior researcher-editor
Richard trained as a Chartered Accountant, and has worked in banking, engineering, retail, B2B communications and freight-forwarding insurance brokering. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant on quality management, including a spell at Denton Hall solicitors, and as a manager/analyst for Manifest proxy voting agency. Richard has a degree in Business and Commerce from Birmingham, UK.  

Tom Warden, foreign language editor
Tom is a specialist in foreign language research and analysis, having spent over 12 years in the business information sector in a variety of content and management roles. His particular area of expertise is fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and he has spoken and written extensively on innovation and packaging trends. Tom holds a modern languages degree from the University of Leeds, UK. 

Alexander Farrell, editor-researcher
Alex graduated from the University of Bath with a BA in Modern Languages and European Studies, before going on to complete an MA in International Relations with distinction at the University of Manchester. He has experience working in translation and editing and roles with the European Forum for Urban Security in Paris and Studio Moretto Group in Brescia, Italy.

Aysha Farooq-Garces, editor-researcher
Aysha is a graduate of the University of Manchester with a BA in French and Chinese. She wrote her first-class dissertation on the use of art as a political influence in Maoist China and the French Vichy regime. She then went on to study Mandarin and Chinese culture at Nanjing university, and worked for a French commercial law firm in Paris during her year abroad. Aysha is fluent in Spanish and gained writing and editorial experience working for her university's Cultures Uncovered magazine.

Samantha Victoire-Fernandes, sales executive
Sam is a graduate of Kings College London with a BSc in Biochemistry. She believes that tailored, data-driven solutions are an essential component of enabling clients to gain the full SIGWATCH experience and she has been recognised for her dedication to customer service in previous sales roles, including with John Lewis & Partners. Sam is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish.

Benjamin Warburton, sales executive
Ben is a graduate of the University of East Anglia with a BA in History of Art. He is proud to be dyslexic and sees it as adding a unique quality to the way he works. After graduating he went on to work for the adult educational college, City Lit where he supported their Art Department. He also has experience working with e-commerce company Apatchy.

Nathan Anderson, North American researcher
Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Arizona. After graduating, he taught high school advanced placement classes in government and English literature and provided college counseling and test preparation consulting. Nathan speaks Spanish and has worked as a translator for non-profits and businesses serving Spanish-speaking communities in Arizona and the Washington DC area.

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