the senior team

At UMR clients enjoy direct access to some of the most experienced research practitioners in the industry – projects are typically led by the very people who own the business. We bring together a broad range of professional backgrounds, and that breadth of experience delivers a pragmatic focus and added value to research findings.

Stephen Mills

Executive Director

As a company founder and key adviser for thirty years to many Australasian political and business leaders Stephen brings deep knowledge and extensive experience to every project. A frequent writer and commentator on current issues, he can be heard most weeks on New Zealand’s “Nine to Noon” politics segment.

Andrea Kan

Executive Director

Andrea is a master qualitative and quantitative research practitioner who makes projects work. Throughout a career spanning over twenty years she’s worked across a highly diverse range of clients and markets. Through that time she’s honed the art of translating big picture ideas and objectives into the focussed research insights our clients demand.

Alice Kan

Director (Social and Policy)

Alice specialises in social and public sector research. In UMR she has frequently championed innovative qualitative research methodologies which have helped to extract valuable insights on challenging issues.

Marc Elliott

Director (Rural)

Marc heads UMR’s rural practice. Having grown up on a farm, Marc lives and breathes rural issues, and understands the sector better than any researcher in the country – the communities, the people, and the work.

Thomas Butt

Senior Data Analyst

Thomas is an expert at making sense of data – ensuring findings that are relevant, useful, and accessible. In UMR he’s our go-to for beautiful data visualisations and a range of advanced statistical techniques like Bayesian hierarchical modelling. A mouthful yes, but often just what’s needed!