Research News Dec 2021 - Feb 2022

Message from The Research Society President

This time last year, our social media accounts were filled with memes that heralded the end of one of the darkest years in recent history with new hope for 2021. However, I do remember one that said “What if 2020 is a trailer for 2021!”. Surely not!

As we now know, 2021 continued to be a challenging year for the world, our industry and our profession. Unfortunately, as we near the end of the year, many challenges remain.

2021 has certainly shown how resilient we are as a profession as we adapted to accommodate the vagaries of state-based lockdowns and varying restrictions to keep our businesses and practices functioning. It has been a time for reflection and change.

COVID-19 aside The Research Society also saw significant change as we farewelled Elissa Molloy, our CEO for the past 16 years, and we welcomed Angus Hunter as our new CEO in August. The Board and I are really pleased with how quickly and seamlessly Angus has transitioned into the role and we’re excited by the fresh perspective and the ideas he is bringing.

We also farewelled Sue Bell and Gail Thomson from the Board. Sue and Gail have been outstanding servants of the Society in many capacities over many years and I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to them on behalf of all members. Thank you also to my fellow Board members: Simon Edwards, Peter Harris, Lyndall Spooner, Ellen Baron and Elyssia Clark for their hard work and wise counsel over the year. A welcome and congratulations too to Penny Burke who was elected to the Board at the AGM last month. We very much look forward to working with her.

As we did at the end of last year, we are now looking forward to 2022 with a sense of cautious optimism. COVID-19 has brought about immense change and Governments and business all need to understand the effect of this change . They will want their research and insights partners to deliver this understanding to them. Out of adversity, rises opportunity and I very much hope you all can benefit from that opportunity over the coming year.

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break over the holiday period.

Tiina Raikko,
President, The Research Society

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