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Winton Research & Insights

Winton Research & Insights is a one-stop-shop for all your consulting needs. Whatever change you’re hoping to make or goal you’re trying to achieve, we will help you through it every step of the way.  Having served as a professional Researcher, Insighter and Strategist for nearly five decades, we have helped thousands of clients to identify problems and take action.

Strategic Consulting for Government and Industry

Expert Guidance Every Step of the Way

Policy and Program Evaluation,

Consultation, Facilitation and Engagement

Expert Service from Start to Finish

Social and Government Research, Insights, Solutions

Putting You On the Path to Success

The Canberra Omnibus Survey, monthly throughout the year

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Les Winton Director and Lead Consultant
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Les Winton has been a Researcher, Insighter, Envisioner and Strategic Consultant for many years, specialising in research, insights, strategies and outcomes.


His search for insights has blossomed over the past 50 years through his activities as a social and market researcher, an evaluator of policies and programs,  and a developer of marketing and communications strategies.  He is an enthusiastic and genuinely inquisitive person.


On leaving Sydney Boys High School in the early 1960s, he spent some time with a Swedish steel company in Australia, before being called up for National Service, serving in Australia and South Vietnam. On return to Australia, he grew his hair very long and wandered off to university where he took part in a number of protest marches and obtained a Bachelors Degree in the social sciences, following this up later with a Master of Arts in Marketing Communication.


To stave off starvation while completing his first degree, he took a casual job coding questionnaires at Australian Nationwide Opinion Polls (later ANOP Research Services) for their very first opinion poll in 1971, subsequently embarking on a career in market and social research with the company which eventually led to a shareholding and executive directorship of the company.

Wishing to change direction again, he started his own consultancy Artcraft Research (AR) in 1981 to encompass research-based program evaluation and community and stakeholder consultation and engagement to complement his market and social research activities, In 1998, he established the CANBERRA OMNIBUS SURVEY, which has grown to be a highly successful monthly vehicle for short surveys (some monitoring studies have been repeated over more than two decades) for various directorates and agencies of the ACT Government, along with all three utilities, many Not-for-Profits and a few selected commercial clients.


In 2006 Les added Winton Sustainable Research Strategies (WSRS) to reflect his growing interest in all things sustainable, and subsequently Amazing Insights (AI) in 2012 to more or less encapsulate his career so far.


These days Les (and his consultancy generally) still revels in actively pursuing research and evaluation projects, while also enjoying the challenges of community consultation and engagement always with the yearning to reveal fresh insights and new and better solutions to perennial challenges.

Les is:

  • a guest lecturer at the University of Canberra.

  • a Fellow of The Research Society, through which he has Qualified Professional Researcher status (QPR);

  • a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (FAMI), through which he has Certified Practising Marketer status (CPM);

  • a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML), formerly the Australian Institute of Management (AIM);

  • a Member of the Australian Evaluation Society (AES); and

  • a Member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

  • a Member of the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).

  • a Member of the Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA - formerly AMSRO) 

Key Staff:       Associates:


Les Winton                        Dave Barnes

Mandelbrot Quixote        Laurie West

Marie Pears                       Nancy McNally

Mike Hunter                      Margaret Aspell

Tom Francis                       Trevor Lee

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