by QSR

Supports robust qualitative and mixed methods research for virtually any data source and any research method.

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by QSR

Intuitive data analysis software designed for public policy experts analyzing surveys.

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Creating software to help you discover the rich insights from humanised data.

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Company Profile 

Board of Directors

Mr Robert Stewart, Chairman

LL.B.(Hons), B.COM., MBA (HARV)

Robert possesses a diverse background as a director, including working with companies in the information technology, high technology filtration, manufacturing, packaging, telecommunications, and forestry industries. His broad management experience, strong financial skills and legal background provide strategic value in addressing governance and risk management issues at the board level. Recently retired as a director of Melbourne IT Limited, an e-commerce infrastructure company, Rob also serves on the boards for two not-for-profit organizations: ACSRIL Limited, a company which manages a cardiac surgery database for Australian hospitals; and Riversdale Golf Club Limited, one of Australia’s oldest private golf clubs with more than 1,500 members.

Dr Donald Fraser, Non Executive Director


Donald has an IT career spanning more than thirty years and an extensive history with QSR. He joined QSR as commercial manager when it was first established by Latrobe University in 1994 and had significant involvement though the early years of the company's commercialization. Donald also completed his doctoral research into Board Decision Making using NVivo software. He handed on the responsibilities of CEO in 2000 and moved to a non-executive board role. Donald’s career includes IT Academia, Data General and Microsoft in engineering, sales, marketing and management roles. He also serves on the NFP board of the largest organisation in the Australian blindness and low vision sector “Vision Australia.”

Mr John Owen, Non Executive Director

BSc (Computer Science)

With an entrepreneurial spirit and passion, John possesses over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and is a member of AICD. He began his career with General Electric in the United States, and has since held senior positions with large multinational corporations and specialized software organizations in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. In his 15-year tenure as CEO of QSR International, John successfully grew the business to a global entity with offices in the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan, as well as Australia. Now serving as a Non-Executive Director on the board at QSR International, John is also a partner in a new virtual reality company, BuildVR, providing solutions for the health market.

Mr Theo Hnarakis, Non-Executive Director

B.Accounting., CPA, MAICD

Theo is a former CEO with public company director experience offering skills in technology (including disruptive technology), global growth and brand management for a board environment. A proven strategic, creative and lateral thinker, Theo possesses specialty knowledge in IT/internet, brand management, intellectual property, and disruptive technologies from a global perspective. He also has extensive experience in contract negotiations, company acquisitions, and debt refinancing.

Executive Leadership Team

    Chris Astle

    Chief Executive Officer


As CEO of QSR International, Chris is a natural leader with strong entrepreneurial instincts who provides a passion for delivering practical technology solutions for customers’ business needs. With more than 20 years of executive experience within the information and business technology sector, Chris’ extensive background in global technology sales, marketing, and business development has helped grow QSR’s business by nurturing strategic partnerships and overseeing ongoing product updates that expanded NVivo’s increasing third-party integration functionality and benefits. While working for medium- and large-sized companies, including global organizations Cisco Systems and Microsoft, Chris developed a proven track record as a strategic thinker with strong management skills delivering yearover-year growth.   

Patrick.jpg    Patrick Maguire
    Chief Financial Officer
    Bachelor of Business Studies (B.B.S.), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (A.C.M.A.), Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

As CFO, Patrick is accountable for the global operation of QSR’s financial department, including strategy development and key processes to deliver business growth, tactical initiatives and financial planning. As a Certified Public Accountant and A.C.M.A qualified in Management Accounting, Patrick is a valuable and highly regarded member of QSR’s senior leadership team. His impressive and longstanding career in finance and operations ensures he is a key contributor to the organisation’s strategy development, continued growth and ongoing success – as well as a respected and trusted colleague. Prior to joining QSR, Patrick held a number of executive leadership positions within large corporates across the globe in Telecoms, Financial Services and FMCG businesses, including Digicel, Euronet Worldwide, Hallmark Cards, PZ Cussons and Coca-Cola HBC.

    Sean Fernando

    Human Resources Director
    MBA (Business Administration), BBus (Human Resources Management)

In his role as HR Director, Sean is responsible for leading the global operation of QSR’s human resources department, specializing in strategy development, workforce planning, succession management and organizational design. As a Certified ADKAR Change Management Practitioner, Sean provides vision and counsel in steering our organisation during periods of significant transformation and growth. With a diverse corporate career spanning more than 15 years, Sean combines a unique blend of HR and commercial management credentials to ensure we maintain an engaged, values-driven and productive culture. Prior to joining QSR, Sean served in a number of key executive leadership positions at major multinational and domestic organisations including Infosys, United Energy and Multinet Gas, Ansett Australia, and Unilever. 

    Tim Lyons

    Chief Marketing Officer
    BBus (Marketing and International Business)

Tim leads the global marketing team for QSR to meet the company’s commercial goals and ensure that its products provide clear value and utility for the QSR’s global customers. As Chief Marketing Officer, Tim brings more than 15 years of marketing experience working across public and government sectors, as well as with commercial organizations and agencies. Tim’s passion for solving commercial problems and driving business growth informs all his marketing decisions, and helped grow QSR’s global footprint across academic, government and commercial organizations to more than 1.5 million users worldwide. Tim’s experience includes working across the globe in Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia with senior marketing roles at NZTE (New Zealand Government’s Economic Development Agency), Leica Microsystems and Leica Biosystems (Danaher Companies NYSE:DHR), as well as other companies.

Tim.jpg    David Marks
   Chief Technology Officer

David leads the way for technology in his role as CTO at QSR International, across everything from data management policies, IT security, data compliancy to future state technology requirements to grow QSR's offering and continue to provide market leading software solutions to our customers. David brings a wealth of senior management experience from his many years in executive positions at Foxtel, where he helped drive and deliver key projects and maintain high systems availability for both internal and external customers. David is an experienced IT leader, with a deep expertise in project management, customer care, billing strategy, service delivery, data strategy and IT management. With 22 years of experience in the cable and communications industries, he has built deep expertise and strong relationships with C-Suite. In previous executive roles at Foxtel, David built a wealth of knowledge in operational challenges and served as Foxtel’s Director of Information Technology. Prior to that, he led Foxtel’s customer care and billing operations, and held operational leadership roles in corporate systems management.