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 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 before that, 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 fifty clients across the world, nearly all sector-leading multinationals, supported by a global network of researchers and analysts. 

    Robert has a degree in physics from the University of Durham, England.


    Nick Winkfield, consultant
    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.


    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.


    Tamara Abdi, Researcher-Editor
    Tamara graduated with a first-class degree in politics and international relations from the University of Aberdeen, where she was placed in the top five per cent of her year. She subsequently gained writing and editorial experience with Product Magazine in Edinburgh.


    Selenay Akalin, Research-Editor
    Selenay graduated with a first-class degree in politics and international relations with Russian from the University of Warwick. During her time at university she interned at the British Embassy in Ankara and at Suzanne Howe Communications as assistant to the MD. She speaks English, Turkish and Russian.

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