Testimonials & references

Daniel Wain as HR Consultant & Commentator:

“Daniel did a comprehensive review of our needs and helped us develop an end-to-end HR strategy. We now have a more structured approach to people development, performance management and learning, and staff retention has improved. Daniel provides practical recommendations based on sound principles, presents well and delivers on time and in full”
Martin Dinkele, Senior Partner, HPI Research

“Daniel is a popular and well-respected member of the research community, frequently contributing to magazine articles and speaking at research events, particularly on the topic of professional development.  He has been a regular contributor to MRS conferences, culminating in an MRS Award in 2006 for Best Presented Paper at the MRS annual conference.  Since 2006, Daniel has also been a convener and trainer for a diverse range of MRS face-to-face training courses and is one of a small pool whom we use to deliver MRS in-company training to our corporate clients”
Debrah Harding, Chief Operating Officer, MRS

“I always look forward to reading Daniel’s articles in ‘Research’.  It doesn’t matter that I work in the health sector, it still all makes perfect sense to me and demonstrates that our people are the same and the skills we need to manage and lead them are transferable”
Carole Hewitt, Director of Organisational Learning, St Margarets Hospice Somerset

“We needed to devise a state-of-the-art, global Leadership Development Programme combining workshops with the latest interactive technology.  Daniel played a key role in the creation of our flagship on-line module; co-scripting and then narrating, he has displayed wit, intelligence, total command of the material and true professionalism”
Bernadette Brown, Worldwide Director of Learning & Development, Research International

Daniel Wain as International Trainer:

“I have been a client of Daniel’s for many years now, which is an indication of the satisfaction I have in using his services.  His credibility with our people is 100%.  Due to his background, his training is extremely relevant for all L&D topics from project management to people management and leadership, business development and sales to delivering impactful presentations.  Daniel’s programs are a big hit internally: our staff ask for more and their managers / MDs provide us with excellent feedback”
Evelyne Bouviala, Group HR Director, LowendalMasaï HQ, France

“It is always a pleasure working with Daniel.  His ‘Inspire’ program is refreshing, summing up things you know, but somehow forgot.  Loads of practical tips to make sales easier and more fun.  Very good translation of the business needs to a cut-to fit training.  My team had great benefit from the training he provided and is now more capable of asking the right questions of clients.  And, last but not least, Daniel is a great trainer with loads of energy and fun to work with”
Hugo Schurink, Commercial Manager, WDM, Netherlands

“Daniel’s training was very interactive, adapted to my job and focused on what I needed.  The general mood was relaxed and funny, so I had a great time, never got bored, and came back to work with a fresh look and a concrete action plan”
Marie Gepel, Director, LowendalMasaȉ China

“Daniel brought great energy and enthusiasm to the presentation training course.  Even though many people in our company present everyday, there was something in his training that we all learnt from and this has improved the effectiveness and delivery of our research”
Bryan Cox, Director, RED C Research & Marketing Ltd, Dublin

“Daniel is an inspirational teacher and speaker.  His sessions are always lively and engaging, which contributes to their effectiveness in no small measure.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Daniel to any company or organisation in need of stimulating and insightful training support”
Tony Wornell, Director, BDRC Continental

“Continuing to provide deeper insight into our research findings is very important to us – and the creative writing workshop that Danny held for us was extremely useful in this regard. The feedback from participants was excellent – lots of full marks!”
Gillian Kane, Senior Manager, PwC

“We recently had all our client facing staff participate in a three-part programme with Daniel on Designing and Delivering Presentations with a real focus on storytelling.  He showed a complete understanding of our market and offered plenty of tips, including some outside of the course requirements.  At the end, he provided the Board with some real action points to ensure the learnings maintained a momentum after he had gone. Our clients are already seeing a positive difference.  Daniel is both inspiring and practical and far from theoretical in approach.  He ensures that all actions will have a positive impact for the individual and the business.  We would not hesitate to recommend him and, indeed, we hope to be able to use his services in the near future”
Danni Findlay, Director, Marketing Sciences

“Daniel designed a 2.5 day training programme for my project managers, with the aim of helping them pitch to potential new clients.  It was a daunting task but the programme was successful because it was carefully tailored and helped everyone take a holistic view of the business.  Through role-playing and encouraging the team to ask searching questions, Daniel helped us come up with a new template for pitching and developing new business.  He is an excellent trainer who understands market research and, most crucially, market researchers”
Ben Marks, Managing Director, YouthSight

“A well paced and engaging session with the right balance of theory and practice to enable delegates to implement the skills with confidence”
Chandana Sanyal, Manager – Learning & Development, Adult Social Services, London Borough of Barnet

Daniel Wain as Facilitator:

“Based on past experience and discussions around our objectives, we chose Daniel to work with our Asian management to develop and deliver our training program on workshopping for our local markets.  Daniel’s international experience, understanding and respect for local culture, and adaptability to the needs of different audiences meant that we could deliver our regional programs impactfully to a culturally diverse audience.  We also asked Danny to run a program for 70 of our mid-level people on driving action from a 4-day training program. He both designed and delivered this program, and our post conference ratings indicate it was very well-received across our markets, ranging from Korea to China, to Indonesia to Australia and all the markets in between.  I would highly recommend Daniel.  He has worked in Asia Pacific over the past 10 years, and his programs have always been engaging, energizing and impactful across the diverse cultures of the region”.
Heather Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, TNS Asia Pacific

“Daniel has provided a number of training events for myself and my colleagues, and all have been excellent.  Daniel takes the time to understand our requirements, plan and agree what is to be delivered beforehand, to ensure smooth running on the day.  The most recent event was a challenging subject and Daniel displayed a very high level of flexibility, reacting well to his audience but somehow seemed to be prepared for all the strange eventualities that his audience took him down.  I would not hesitate to recommend Daniel and I will definitely be using his services again”
Alison Jones, Head of Operations, Consumer Marketing, BT

“Daniel is an expert in group facilitation: his style is, in reality, very adaptable and flexible, which really is an asset: he can walk into almost any atmosphere and turn it into a constructive, positive space where issues are actually put on the table, discussed, challenged and solved.  I have evidence of this happening in the UK, in France and in Asia”
Evelyne Bouviala, Group HR Director, LowendalMasaï

Daniel Wain as Public Speaker:

“Daniel delivered an engaging, insightful and challenging one-day session on recruitment, retention and training at the MRS Field Conference.  Throughout the day, Danny made delegates realise that, although field staff face particular professional development difficulties, they also have many advantages and he helped the delegates identify these and learn to make the most of them”
Debrah Harding, Chief Operating Officer, Market Research Society

Daniel Wain as Coach:

“We’ve always found Daniel to be incredibly flexible, tailoring his approach to each individual’s needs and never offering a ‘one size fits all/off the shelf’ solution.  His understanding of our business has been a crucial factor in winning peoples’ trust and gaining credibility across all levels of the company”
Branwen Jones, Learning & Development Manager, Millward Brown UK

Daniel Wain as Educator:

“I met Daniel presenting at an MRS Speakers Evening and I knew straight away that he had so much to offer to my University and to market research education.  In 2008, Daniel was appointed as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Southampton.  In this role he conducted a superb series of workshops and reported on academic staff development across the School of Art.  He also delivered a lecture in a ‘town and gown’ event that addressed the qualities of excellent presentations.  This event attracted our biggest audience, and students still talk with great affection of ‘Danny’s talk’. On moving to the University of Winchester in 2011, I was very keen to retain the support that Daniel gave me in curriculum development, research and writing ideas.  He is now on the Faculty of Winchester Business School as a Knowledge Exchange Fellow.  As well as presenting a breadth of ideas that are so engaging and interesting, I know he’s going to make a major impact in the development of the School”
Professor David Birks, The University of Winchester

“I have known Daniel now for over eight years since he attended modules on Human Resource Development I ran at Middlesex University Business School.  I also supervised his dissertation.  Every piece of work he submitted merited a distinction.  It was clear that his wide experience provided a context within which he was able to draw practical examples of how theory could be made to work in practice.  Since he graduated with a Distinction in 2005, we have kept in touch and I have followed his career as an independent consultant with interest”
Dr Peter Critten, Project Manager Work Based Organisational Learning, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University