Blue Marble promotes Sonali Patel and hires Daniel Brownie

Blue Marble has promoted Sonali Patel to Research Director and hired Daniel Brownie as a Research Manager, as it continues to strengthen its team following an excellent 2023.

Patel has been promoted following her outstanding performance over the last 2.5 years. Previously at Basis, she has worked extensively with clients including Wessex Water, UKWIR and the Woodland Trust during her time at Blue Marble. A qualitative specialist, Patel has led a series of major behaviour change studies – notably video ethnography exploring water use in the garden during hot weather, and a meta-analysis of the water sector’s blockage reduction campaigns, which was published at the end of 2023.

Daniel Brownie has joined Blue Marble after moving to the UK from New Zealand, where he worked for Kantar Public (now Verian) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Previously a finalist in the Research Association of New Zealand’s Young Researcher of the Year, Brownie will further strengthen Blue Marble’s expertise in social and policy-focussed research.

Managing Director Tom Clarkson said: “2023 was a brilliant year for Blue Marble and we’re delighted to start 2024 on such a positive note. Sonali is at the heart of so much that is great about Blue Marble – delivering outstanding work to happy clients and playing a vital role in keeping the business running smoothly, while also embodying the supportive, positive and ambitious culture that we are so lucky to have.  We’re also delighted that Daniel has decided to join us – his strong social research background means he is well placed to jump straight into some of our most fascinating and complex projects.”