Mike Thompson

Our team is small in size and collaborative in nature meaning directorial participation in all elements of our projects. The senior team at Lake is directly involved in the day-to-day running of projects at every stage of the research process including project design and execution, data analysis and delivering outputs. Our commitment to a ‘hands on’ directorial approach drives our ethos of delivering high quality standards at every level.

Mike has 45 years' experience in market research and after 3 years as head of research for the AA started his own company – Sample Surveys and built it up to a turnover of over £8 million a year. He then sold the company to Aegis, and became part of Synovate and then MORI. After a 5 year non compete period he started Lake Market Research in 2007. He is passionate about the use and development of interactive software to allow the team to be less dependent on individual departments and be completely up to date with the progress of every project. Delivering value for money, client relationships and reliable outputs are paramount to his work ethos. His research specialities lie in motoring (involving the set-up of the first dedicated motoring research omnibus), finance and customer satisfaction.

Sarah Pritchard
Director of Research

Sarah joined Lake in 2010 from TNS Research International where she was Associate Director. She is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher, and manages a wide range of projects spanning all methodologies. She has particular expertise in customer/user and resident research and evaluations. Sarah works closely with clients in the public sector as well as retail and finance sectors. Her knowledge of these sectors means that she can add value at all stages of the research process including recommending the best research approach, engaging internal stakeholders and presenting the findings to senior audiences. Sarah graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2.1 honours degree in Business Studies and Marketing, and also has a Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

Michael Botley
Operations Director

Michael joined Lake in 2008 from Synovate where he was a Fieldwork Manager. With over 18 years’ experience in market research, he regularly manages large-scale studies for both clients and agencies for telephone and face to face projects. He has particular expertise in the public and technology sectors as well as business to business research. In addition to strong research skills, Michael has a natural talent for project management, which he combines with excellent people skills. This combination of skills ensures that projects are run efficiently and to the highest quality standards.

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