Our partner Andrew Maher has taken ‘with you for the journey’ to another level in his long standing relationship with AMSRO (the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations). From working in the phone room of an AMSRO member company while at university, to co-drafting the Market and Social Research Industry Award 2010 and assisting AMSRO develop the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014, the first industry code made under the Privacy Law reforms in 2014, Andrew’s career has always involved AMSRO in one capacity or another.
“Andrew’s a valuable member of the team and we rely on him in a number of different ways… he really does know what he is talking about when it comes to market research”
Part of the team
He has worked closely with AMSRO for more than a decade as the Association’s retained legal counsel. He is able to provide industry specific advice that works for our particular circumstances. Nowhere was this more apparent than when Andrew advised on the potential merger of AMSRO and our sister association AMSRS and the subsequent re-writing of AMSRO’s Articles of Association, providing advice that Executive Director Sarah Campbell describes as “invaluable”.
Passing-on the value
Andrew’s assistance goes beyond advising the AMSRO Executive itself: he also works with the association to deliver value to its members by providing practical legal advice on workplace relations and employment, occupational health and safety and privacy issues. Members are entitled to advice from Andrew as part of their member benefits package and many have found that a high-level view from Andrew at this stage has saved them a lot of time and money further down the track. As an industry body that creates and maintains a legislated, co-regulatory privacy code, an industry enterprise agreement plus codes of conduct , it is important to AMSRO to be able to provide tangible, practical benefits to its subscribers.
Says Sarah Campbell, “Andrew is one of the few key advisers we engage with and the fact that he not only provides advice to member organisations but also to us as an association, is important as it demonstrates good governance as well as a valuable service for members.”