Meet our team

As Scotland’s leading independent market research company we’ve made our reputation through our people.
Each and every one of us is committed and passionate about working with clients to deliver focused, actionable insights that will strengthen their strategies and ensure that their communications resonate.
While we are based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, we work with a wide range of clients right across the UK.

Progressive’s Insight Gatherers

Sarah Ainsworth

Sarah Ainsworth

Joint Managing Director

has delivered insights to clients for over 20 years. Sarah has breadth of vision, acts with integrity and is very proactive when it comes to getting things done.

Diane McGregor

Diane McGregor

Joint Managing Director

and the longest serving member of Progressive’s team with over 20 years of experience. She is a master of quantitative research. Diane is a stickler for detail and rigorous organisation. 

Ruth Bryan

Leah Ringland

Associate Director

has been in the insight business since 2006. Her experience enables her to give strategic advice when interpreting results. She is great at listening to people; client and colleague opinions matter to her.

Ruth Bryan

Ruth Bryan

Associate Director

has worked in research since 2002 across a wide range of policy areas. Ruth controls our quality processes as well as being a great researcher. She likes working as part of a team, values the opinions of others and has a strong eye for detail.

Ruth Bryan

Janet Biggar

Associate Director

has 20 years of delivering practical insights. As a consummate professional she is highly analytical and patient, works well within a team and cares for other people.

Stefan Dukacz

Stefan Durkacz

Research Manager

is an experienced professional who loves discovery. He has a special interest in research concerning the natural environment and sustainability issues. He is thoughtful and patient.

Heather Jamieson

Heather Jamieson

Senior Research Executive

is a resourceful insight gatherer. Originally from America, she is extremely methodical with excellent communication skills and an eye for detail.

Darren Reid

Research Executive

joined Progressive in 2017. His record of accomplishment in research includes working for high-profile corporate and political clients in the United States. He is a big picture thinker who brings rigour and flair to his work.

Stacey Blatch

Research Executive

joined the Progressive team in 2017. As well as having a good background in data analysis and report checking, Stacey also has a keen interest in sharing our success on social media and communications.

Susan Cummins

Susan Cummins

Operations Director

heads up the operational side of our team. Consistency and organisation are Susan’s middle names. She does things by the book in the most systematic of ways. Which is good for us and for you.  

Bill McDivitt

Bill McDivitt

Associate Director (Operations)

pulls insight from data. He is Mr Rigour. Patient in his approach, he always sticks to deadlines and takes control over his environment. 

Laura Dell

Laura Dell

Operations Manager

has been with us since 2002. She is a loyal insight gatherer and manages all things recruitment. Her attention to detail is legendary and she likes things to be done properly. 

Amy MacPherson

Amy MacPherson

Operations Manager

runs the telephone unit and interviewer fieldforce, with a reputation for quickly solving problems before they are an issue. She’s passionate about pivot tables. 

Abel McNamara

Abel McNamara

Operations Executive

joined Progressive in 2016 and is responsible for data processing and scripting surveys. He has a rigorous and careful approach, with great attention to detail.

Danni Wright

Admin Assistant

undertakes a wide range of administrative tasks and provides support to the Operations and Executive teams as required. 

Kirsty Docherty

Kirsty Docherty

Head of Finance

has been with Progressive for eleven years. She controls the day to day running of accounts. She is precise, rigorous and takes sole responsibility for chasing things up and keeping us in order.  

Carole Oag

Carole Oag

Finance Director

founded Progressive back in 1985 and keeps a watchful eye over it to this day.
She is known for her breadth of vision and ability to overcome obstacles.

The Progressive Team

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