Paul Wealleans Named Panelbase Leader

20 April 2020

The Board of DRG has invited Paul Wealleans, Client Services Director at Panelbase, to take on the leadership of its online research supplier following the sudden death of its founder Angus Webb.

Angus had joined Dipsticks Research Group (DRG) in 2002, and, after eighteen months, he became a member of the DRG Board of Directors and set up Panelbase, which he grew to a community providing access to more than 300,000 UK adults and over 50,000 under-16s. He died on 8 April 2020 from the COVID-19 virus, and DRG co-founder John Raglan has since received more than 700 e-mails of condolence from across the globe.

Paul joined the Panelbase team in 2014 with a wealth of experience in a wide range of technical and managerial roles within the media industry over 20 years. Offering a significant contribution to the team with a real passion for raising the bar in service levels, client relationship management and project delivery. Graduated in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in Computer Science, Paul has introduced a new energy in the team with a keen focus on client needs and team building.

Through a LinkedIn post, Paul described Angus as the ‘single most influential person I have ever had the pleasure to work with’, adding that all future decisions will be influenced by ‘my friend, my soulmate and my boss, Angus Webb’.

In a statement, confirming Paul Wealleans’ leadership appointment, Raglan explained: ‘It is now 3 weeks since Angus’ untimely passing and we would like to thank everyone for their messages that have provided enormous comfort to all of us at DRG and Panelbase. Angus’ family have also found it comforting to see how much affection and respect there is for how our ‘gentle giant’ conducted his professional life. Panelbase was Angus’ baby, so we are determined to look after it, and the vision, culture and service ethic of Panelbase remains the same. It was always shared by Angus and well understood by the team. Paul worked closely with Angus for over 6 years so although he has been appointed amidst tragic circumstances we hope that his appointment will provide continuity for our clients, staff and the company.’

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