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Testimonials

At CRF we are dedicated to delivering a high-quality experience to all our members.

We are continually working to enhance all aspects of our network and welcome feedback from our members, past and present.

We have gathered together a selection of testimonials to provide a flavour of the benefits and experiences CRF membership can provide.

If you would like to share your experiences please contact Lynn Little, our membership co-ordinator, at lynn@crforum.co.uk.

Anglo American Plc

“Good content. Good networking. Good value.”

Peter Bedford, Group Head of Talent Development & Resourcing

BAE Systems

"I am in the process of refreshing our employee relations strategy, and will be doing it differently based on CRF's Employee Engagement & Organisational Performance event. While the ‘guest gurus' were central to the event itself, the real value was in the discussions amongst our member community on the day."

Alex Lewis, HR Director, Employee Relations 

Barclays

“CRF provides excellent opportunities for HR professionals to hear from a variety of thought leaders on highly relevant topics.”

Irene McDermott Brown, Group Human Resources Director

BSkyB

“What I like about CRF is that it tackles relevant subjects and produces very good research material.  The range of help on offer, across a broad range of topics, is impressive and their network of advisors and staff is really very good.”

Deborah Baker, Director for People

Bunzl

"Membership of the Corporate Research Forum is a cost effective way of being involved in and keeping up to date with business focused HR strategy and practice. The regular events are great for development and networking opportunities for both me and the HR team."

Celia Baxter, Director of Group HR

Ceridian

“Not only do CRF events provide us with fantastic networking opportunities, where we meet like-minded peers, my colleagues and I benefit from the informative learning sessions. We get access to industry leading speakers and thought leaders and the range of topics mean that benefit across the business.”

Jeremy Campbell, Chief People Officer

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd

"I consider the CRF Programme a core part of the development plans for the European HR team at Discovery.  The quality and range of the seminars and conferences, in addition to the diversity of the delegates, has resulted in up-skilling the HR team as well as broadening their networks.  A common thread to their programmes is the practical application of learning and a focus on improving business performance."

Amy Girdwood, EVP Human Resources

Ernst & Young

"Ernst & Young have been members of CRF for a number of years. Apart from being great value for money, I have been impressed by the range of topics and their relevance to issues we are addressing within the organisation.  As well as providing a great development opportunity for our HR professionals, the blend of keynote speakers, case studies and opportunities for discussion and networking ensures a day well spent away from the office."

Andrew Wright, Partner Development Leader EMEA

Experian UK

“Corporate Research Forum provides a great way to meet with senior HR colleagues from other businesses around relevant topics in an informal and time effective way.”

Mark Wells, Group HR Director

Hays Plc

“Many organisations provide research however few others have the ability to produce research of such high quality, which is not only relevant but also timely. CRF frequently anticipates agendas in advance of others and, when I combine their intellectual horsepower with the applicability of their work, I conclude they operate in a league their own. Furthermore, the CRF community is fun, friendly and sharp.”

Robert Potter, Group HR Director

Hilton Worldwide

"CRF Programmes deliver outstanding value to myself and members of my team who attend. Highly engaged and diverse audiences, the very best of faculties, topical HR thought leadership and varied events all demonstrate finger on the pulse and commitment to outstanding standards of busines education."

Ben Bengougam, Vice President Human Resources Europe Operations

IBM

“Business is becoming more personal in our world. CRF does a tremendous job pulling together high-value people with expertise and vision to not only accelerate how HR gets done, but connect to the business in a more meaningful way.”

Duke A. Daehling, Director, Smarter Workforce Europe

Imperial Tobacco

"CRF is more than a source for learning. The rigour in their research and the facilitation of practitioners getting together, culminates in direct business improvement."

Andy Newall, Group HR Director

“Worth taking a look at, Corporate Research Forum is one of the most thoughtful HR network and learning organisations I have come across and one of the few worth joining. A great programme and good value for money!”

Jonathan Cormack, Global Director, Organisation Capability

IPG Mediabrands

"We joined CRF for the first time in 2013 and have got a lot from it - events provide enough time and space for both insightful quality input from experts and helpful interactive discussion with peers who face similar challanges to our own. On top of that, the research work is high quality and with access to other resources through the web-site, you have varied platform that can help to support the growth and development of your Human Resources team."

Alastair Procter, Chief HR Officer Worldwide

PayPal

“I love the substance and style of CRF. It’s an upbeat, thought provoking, future-focused forum where you can tap into the latest topics and network with smart people. If you are a busy HR professional who wants to stay sharp, it’s a super investment of your time.”

Mary Alexander, Senior Director Human Resources, Europe, Middle East & Africa

PZ Cussons Plc

“CRF’s programmes and events are always targeted at topics relevant to my HR strategies.  They are thought-provoking, high quality and pragmatic at the same time.  With the fantastic networking that occurs every time, I rarely leave a session without at least one idea that I can implement immediately or one contact that I can utilise effectively.”

Cathy Doyle-Heffernan, Global HR Director

Ricoh Europe Plc

“Building and sustaining organisation performance through good Human resource practices is our objective in Ricoh HR. CRF offers us access to quality research, networking, resources and meetings that energise, engage and develop our diverse Human Resources community. Feedback from our HR team is always positive, stressing the pragmatic and freshness of the discussions and ideas.”

Bev Cunningham, Vice President Human Resources Europe

Serco

“CRF combines top-level academic research with a practical view of the challenges faced by HR professionals. I find the insights in the reports invaluable and, when combined with the opportunity to network with colleagues in a wide variety of industries, there is rarely an event when there is not at least one very practical piece of learning that I can implement.”

Geoff Lloyd, Group HR Director

SSP The Food Travel Experts

"The speed at which technology is driving changes in the business landscape means we need high quality, digestible and useable information fast. And that is exactly what I get from CRF."

Chris Rayner. Group Human Resources Director

Standard Chartered Bank

"CFR brings together the rigour and discipline of high quality, academic research and experienced practitioner contributions to produce evidenced-based, pragmatic HR strategy and solutions.

I have been attending CRF events for a number of years now because they are rich in content, relevant and thought-provoking. Not only are the speakers of the highest standard but the attendees are invariably top-class HR professionals which always makes for a simulating event."

Tim Miller, Director, Property, Research & Assurance, Standard Chartered Bank and Chairman, Standard Chartered Korea

Standard Life

“My team and I are always impressed by the CRF events and research we participate in. It strikes the important balance between credible academic research and practical business application which is so important in today’s commercial world.”

Sandy Begbie, Chief Operations Officer

Thomson Reuters

“CRF provides valuable insight through research and events which are credible, pragmatic and engaging — helping us stay on the forefront of what’s next in the rapidly changing world in which we operate.”

Mark Sandham, SVP, Organizational Effectiveness & HR Operations

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