All projects conducted by DJS Research Construction are led by our Research Directors, James Hinde and Sharon Nichols from start to finish. Between them, they have a wealth of experience in researching the construction market.

All projects will then be managed by one of our experienced construction experts, with support from Executives throughout the project.

Meet the experts & specialists…

James Hinde

Research Director

James has close to 20 years’ experience conducting research in the construction sector for companies such as Saint-Gobain, Kingfisher, British Gypsum, Wolseley Group, DuPont (Tyvek and other brands), Ironmongery Direct and Sprue Safety Products. This has been predominantly focused on speaking to trade audiences, specifiers and merchants to help companies in the sector with new opportunities. James has also conducted research with consumers on construction subjects such as energy efficiency glass or landscaping products. James has a broad view of the market and understands the challenges associated with completing successful research projects in this sector.

Sharon Nichols

Research Director

Sharon has over 20 years experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Within the construction sector she has worked with a wide range of audiences including architects, house-builders, specifiers and merchants. Sharon has conducted research in this sector across the world for clients such as Caterpillar, Tarmac, Lafarge and various chemical companies that manufacture products for this sector. Research areas include key account research, customer satisfaction research, branding and new product development.

David Merchant

Research Manager

David has over 10 years’ experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Within the construction sector he has worked with a wide range of audiences internationally including tradespeople,  house builders, structural engineers and OEMs. David has conducted research in this sector across the world for clients such as Caterpillar, Tarmac, Kingfisher and various global corporations supplying raw materials and products to the construction industry. Research areas include stakeholder research, customer satisfaction research, market sizing and competitor analysis.

Charlotte Sykes

Research Manager

Having started her research career in 2009, Charlotte has quickly become an expert in B2B research, with a particular emphasis on construction. She regularly conducts both qualitative and quantitative research for leading clients such as Saint-Gobain, for whom she has lead research projects over the past 3 years. Her recent research has included new product development, communications testing and customer satisfaction work with a range of audiences throughout the construction process, from specifier to end client.

Liam Higgins

Senior Research Executive

Liam joined the research team in 2013 and began his career as a team leader in our interviewing unit, where he was responsible for all international work conducted. Liam has particular experience in managing large scale, international, B2B projects, and draws on his experiences from various areas within the company to effectively and efficiently project manage from start to finish. Liam has used his experience to develop a deep understanding of the construction sector, and has worked on a number of key projects including all work completed for Saint-Gobain, a large quantitative and qualitative study within the trade sector, a study into off-site modular construction for a highly recognisable construction company and a study of major house builders for an insulation manufacturer.

In addition to your team of construction experts, they have access to the larger team at DJS Research