Board of Directors


Roger ParryRoger Parry
Non-Executive Chairman

Roger is also Chairman of Aves Enterprises, MSQ Partners, Mobile Streams and Oxford Metrics. He is a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University. Roger was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Co; CEO of More Group, and Clear Channel International, Chairman of Johnston Press, Future and Shakespeare’s Globe Trust. Roger was educated at the universities of Oxford and Bristol. He was awarded the CBE in 2014. He is the author of five books: People Businesses; Enterprise; Making Cities Work; Delivering the Neural Nudge and The Ascent of Media.


Stephan ShakespeareStephan Shakespeare
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Stephan founded YouGov in 2000 (with Nadhim Zahawi). One of the pioneers of internet research, Stephan has been the driving force behind YouGov’s innovation-led strategy. He was chair of the Data Strategy Board for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2012–2013 and led the Shakespeare Review of Public Sector Information. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance. During the year, he was appointed as commissioner for the Social Metrics Commission, an independent charity dedicated to helping UK policy makers and the public understand and take action to tackle poverty. Stephan has an MA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University.


Alan NewmanAlan Newman
Chief Financial Officer

Alan has been YouGov's Chief Financial Officer since 2008. Prior to joining YouGov, Alan was a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP and KPMG LLP where he led the TMT sector financial management consulting practice. Alan’s previous corporate management roles include International Finance Director of Longman and Group Development Manager of MAI plc (now United Business Media). He is a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and a Director of the Quoted Companies Alliance. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an MA in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from Cambridge University.


Richard Doug RiversRichard Douglas Rivers
Chief Scientist

Doug was CEO of YouGov’s American business from 2007 to 2011, following YouGov’s acquisition of Polimetrix which Doug founded in 2004. Prior to this he was CEO of Knowledge Networks from 1998 to 2002. He has also been Professor of Political Science at Stanford University in California since 1989, and is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Doug holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from Columbia University.


Nick JonesNick Jones
Non-Executive (Senior Independent Director)

Nick is Chief Financial Officer of Attenda, the leading business critical IT company. Prior to this, he was CFO at Achilles Group, Global Head of Finance for Reuters plc where he also led the integration of Thomson and Reuters. Nick has held senior financial roles in technology and media businesses in the UK, the US and Europe including Virgin Media, Phillips Electronics and RR Donnelley. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.


Ben Elliot

Ben Elliot
Non-Executive

Ben Elliot is the Co-Founder of Quintessentially, the world’s leading source of intelligence, access to and curated lifestyle services for the global premium audience. Ben is the Chairman of the Quintessentially Foundation which has raised over £8m for charity since 2008. hE is also a Partner in Hawthorn, a successful corporate communications business. He regularly contributes to the Financial Times, New York Times, Tatler magazine and other publications. In 2010, Ben executively produced the BAFTA nominated feature documentary Fire in Babylon, which won the Best Historical Documentary at The Grierson Awards, 2011. He also acts as a Trustee for The Eranda Rothschild Foundation as well as being on the Development Boards of the Royal Albert Hall and Victoria & Albert Museum.


Rosemary Leith

Rosemary Leith
Non-Executive

Rosemary is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Founding Director of the World Wide Web Foundation. Rosemary works as an advisor and investor in a number of technology businesses and academic institutions in Europe and North America. She has been the Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Future of Internet Security, is a Trustee of the National Gallery ( London)  and is a member of the Advisory Boards of Infinite Analytics (Boston and Mumbai), Glasswing Ventures ( Boston), Queen’s University School of Business, Canada, Wolfson College, Oxford and University of the Arts London. Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Finance and Accounting from Queen’s University, Canada.