Phyllis Macfarlane
The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees, with a third Trustee to join in December.

Phyllis MacFarlane and Mark Duke joined the board at the beginning of November, bringing significant market research, pensions and financial expertise to the Board.

Phyllis Macfarlane is a lifelong Market Researcher, former Managing Director of GfK NOP and current Chair of the Market Research Society (MRS). She was previously Global Training Manager at GfK UK and has spent several years delivering, and expanding the offering of, market research education and training in Africa and Asia. She believes in bringing the global market research community and the non-profit sector together to learn from one another and achieve the best results for all. She has won both the MRS Silver Medal and, in 2008 and 2018, the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research Excellence Award.

Mark Duke is a Consultant and former Managing Director at global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson. He was previously Chair of both the Pension Committee of the Association of Consulting Actuaries and the Actuarial Committee of the Society of Pension Professionals. He brings extensive actuarial skills, as well as experience developing innovative pension solutions and improved pension scheme governance. He is particularly interested in how the workplace can be used to support employees’ financial well-being by offering a wide range of financial products and advice.

NatCen’s Chair of Trustees, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, said:

“These new Trustees are welcome additions and will strengthen further the NatCen Board in exciting times for the organisation. Our charitable mission is to conduct research that works for society; the knowledge and experience these new Trustees bring will ensure we continue to deliver on this objective.”

New Trustee Phyllis Macfarlane said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Trustees at NatCen. As the organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary, I look forward to contributing to the continuing development of NatCen’s people and helping steer the agency into a future of effective and innovative social research.”

New Trustee Mark Duke said:

“The work NatCen does in providing independent research on key social issues is more important than ever, and I’m thrilled to be contributing to this mission as a Trustee. As part of this, I look forward to helping guide the organisation’s management of its financial operations and pension scheme.”

The new Trustees joined the NatCen Board of Trustees on 1st November. A third new Trustee is expected to be announced over the coming weeks.