Ben Page is set to become the new Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI in the UK and Ireland, replacing Mike Everett who takes on a new global role on the Group Management Board.
Page joined the firm's public sector practice in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University. Most recently as MD of Public Affairs in the UK, he has overseen the development of work for government and the public sector worldwide. He is also Chairman of the firm's Social Research Institute, and sits on the Global Ipsos Management Council.
A frequent writer and speaker on leadership and performance management, Page has directed hundreds of surveys examining quality of life, service delivery, customer care, communications and the democratic deficit.
Since 1992, he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts.
Named one of the '100 most influential people in the public sector' by the Guardian newspaper and 'one of the 50 most influential people in local government' by LGC, Page has also authored a chapter in a Cambridge University Press book looking at Blair's Britain, 1997-2007.
Commenting on his appointment, Page said: 'Ipsos MORI is a fantastic market leading brand and we have a really brilliant team of over 1,000 people covering all aspects of the UK economy and society - it's a privilege to lead the company I joined as a graduate trainee in 1987.'
The firm has appointed Bobby Duffy to replace Page as MD of the Public Affairs specialism in the UK - this consists of the Social Research Institute and the Reputation Centre. Duffy joined the firm in 1994 and set up and ran a number of the firm's key initiatives, including the Research Methods Unit and Participation Unit. He writes and presents widely on public policy and political issues, has been a User Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE and spent time working in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.
All appointments will become effective 1 June 2009.
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