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About us

Our family is growing.

EMB Group is a family of talented brands trusted to provide practical strategies, processes, data and digital tools. Over the past two decades, we’ve become known as a conductor of profitable transformation, operating with insight and agility.

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Driven by purpose

Through outstanding expertise, originality and teamwork, we drive meaningful economic, environmental or cultural wealth for every project and its stakeholders.

Our approch

Think smart and with care

We use intelligence to seek new ways to solve problems and deliver results. We’re considerate, taking time to analyse all the facts, measuring the impact of our actions.

Adapt and be resilient

We are flexible in our thinking and approach, adapting to our client’s needs and changing circumstances. We can run lean and move or recover quickly.

Build trust and rapport

We build strong relationships through open and respectful collaboration. We make people feel welcome, include every voice and foster personal connections.

Do the right thing

We behave professionally and fairly. We put people first to responsibly balance the needs of our clients, colleagues and those affected by our work.

Always strive for ‘better’

We take ownership of our role to make positive change happen. We add value through our expertise, personal touch and commitment to success – for our clients, teams, and company.

Our  values inform our approach

Our team
Get to know us

Meet our senior team

Chairman David Williams

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David chairs EMB Group’s main board and has held this role since the business was founded, contributing to overall strategy and direction. David is also Chairman of Geldards LLP, a rapidly growing law firm with around 300 staff and offices in Derby, Nottingham, Cardiff and London.  In addition he holds several trustee and non-executive positions including Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Derbyshire, Deputy Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Governor at Nottingham Trent University and board member at East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

Phoebe Edwards Executive Director

Phoebe Edwards

Executive Director

One of the founding directors of EMB, Phoebe has supported decision-makers in the public sector design and implement effective change programmes for more than two decades, with a portfolio of experience which ranges across business support, international trade, education and skills, grant management and cyber security.  Phoebe leads on the design and operation of EMB’s projects and as CIM trained marketer, her focus starts with the service user. 

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Emma Partridge

Founding Director, Blue Marble

Emma started her career in London where she became a Board Director of a large market research agency heading its specialist corporate & financial division. She founded Blue Marble in 2007 having relocated to the SouthWest – with the ambition to bring clients large agency expertise with the service and attention of a small consultancy. Emma’s primary focus today is to develop and support the agency’s considerable talent to keep delivering high quality research.

Managing Diretcor Danielle Gillett

Danielle Gillett

Managing Director

An MD with strong financial leadership, commercial awareness and an innovative approach, Danielle is a qualified accountant and smart strategist who has a people-centric focus both inside and outside the business.  She is a keen promoter of the links between business and education and supports a range of partners and organisations locally and nationally, including FE, HE and various Government and private sector business advisory groups.

Miranda Pye Managing Director, Pye Tait

Miranda Pye 

Managing Director, Pye Tait

Miranda originally founded Pye Tait and  manages the work of the business on a day to day basis.  She is an extremely experienced researcher undertaking all types of studies from national qualifications developments to practical science in schools and colleges. Her current focus is on keeping the skills and knowledge of older workers in key sectors and developing labour market data for the engineering construction sector.

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Tom Clarkson

Managing Director, Blue Marble

Tom joined Blue Marble in 2019, having previously been a Director at BritainThinks (now Thinks) and Head of Financial Services Research at ComRes (now part of Savanta). Tom has a strong track record of delivering major research programmes for central Government departments, regulators, consumer champions and political parties. Tom is a regular speaker at market research industry conferences and has commentated on public opinion trends for media outlets including Sky News and BBC Radio 4. 

Our Journey

Our journey

Since our beginning in 2005, we’ve developed an expert and versatile portfolio, shifting our shape in line with current policy. Primarily we serve public and non-profit agencies, but our capabilities extend well beyond these sectors.

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Creating social value

Having a purpose and making change happen is central to what we do.

A career with us

We’re always on the lookout for great people. Work with a bright and motivated team who deliver meaningful work for leading organisations.

Learn more about EMB Group

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