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.
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 seventy clients across the world, including many of the world's sector-leading multinationals, financial institutions and investment managers.
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 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.
Emily Richardson, foreign language editor
Emily has a passion for foreign languages and making language learning creative, sociable and fun. She studied French and Linguistics at Oxford University, followed by an MA in Applied Linguistics at Sussex University. She has since taught English, French, Spanish and Mandarin to adults and children, and lived in France and China. In 2021 she was a speaker at the Women in Language Conference, and she also wrote the 'How to Be Me' language series, which will be published in 2022.
David Hamon, research analyst
David joined SIGWATCH after completing an MSc in International Public Policy at UCL, where he specialised in the dynamics of social conflict and change. Originally from London, he spent seven years working and studying in Nuremberg, Germany, graduating with a BA in Philosophy and German. He has experience in diverse fields including market research, teaching, and sales, and has published academic articles in literary studies. David is fluent in German, and is learning Russian and Chinese.
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.
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.