• Mike Haffenden - Corporate Research Forum

    Mike Haffenden

    Director

    Mike has worked in Senior HR roles in the US and Europe with major international businesses including Avon, Rowntree, Unilever and Hewlett Packard. He founded CRF as a research consortium to investigate the principles and practices that make a difference in people management. He applied the same principles in forming PARC, a research group investigating good practice in the area of performance, reward and governance. He is also a founder of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment business.

    Contact Mike at mike@crforum.co.uk

  • Mairi Bannon - Corporate Research Forum

    Mairi Bannon

    Director

    Mairi co-owns the business and jointly manages the CRF membership, and CRF team. Mairi co-founded CRF’s sister organisations, PARC and Strategic Dimensions, along with Mike Haffenden. She has wide HR and board experience and has worked internationally across numerous sectors including financial services, avionics, telecoms, consulting and media.

    Contact Mairi at mairi@crforum.co.uk

  • Richard Hargreaves - Corporate Research Forum

    Richard Hargreaves

    Commercial Director

    Richard is responsible for the growth of the network through the acquisitions of new organisations and the retention of existing members and partners. He also leads on the development of new services to deliver value to the HR community. Prior to joining CRF, Richard was the EMEA Sponsorship Director at The Economist Group managing the growth of the business in both events and research.

    Contact Richard at richard@crforum.co.uk

  • Gillian Pillans - Corporate Research Forum

    Gillian Pillans

    Research Director

    Gillian has worked as a senior HR practitioner and OD specialist for several organisations including Swiss Re, Vodafone and BAA. Prior to her HR career, she was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and is also a qualified solicitor. As Research Director, Gillian has written various CRF reports on subjects including HR strategy, organisation design and development, leadership development, talent management, coaching and diversity.

    Contact Gillian at gillian@crforum.co.uk

  • Stuart Hetherington - Corporate Research Forum

    Stuart Hetherington

    Programme Director

    Stuart coordinates the production of CRF’s annual programme, international conference material and other informational publications. Formally Head of HR at National Power, Stuart’s career included responsibility for most aspects of HR both in the UK and overseas. He has been working at CRF for the past five years.

    Contact Stuart at stuart@crforum.co.uk

  • Nick Holley

    Director of CRF Learning

    In his role as Director of CRF Learning, Nick has responsibility for building on CRF's unique position as one of the largest business-focused HR networks and 20+ years of practical research to provide unrivalled development for HR teams and senior professionals. Prior to joining CRF, Nick spent 10 years at Henley Business School where he was a visiting professor and Director of the Centre for HR Excellence. He has developed and delivered HR capability programmes for organisations across the UK and Europe, and internationally.

    Contact Nick at nick@crforum.co.uk

  • Stephanie Bird

    Associate Director

    Stephanie has worked in HR, talent management and organisation change for over 30 years and has held HRD/HR VP roles in a number of global organisations, including KPMG, CSC, Dell and BP. She has also been a co-founder of a VC backed start-up, and run her own consultancy. She latterly spent 4 years at the CIPD, as Director of Research, Public Policy, Professional Standards and Qualifications. She is now Associate Director at CRF and sister organisation PARC, an Advisory Board member in the NHS, a Director and Trustee of CCE (Creativity, Culture and Education), and undertakes consulting and executive coaching assignments.

    Contact Stephanie at stephanie@crforum.co.uk

  • Lynn Little - Corporate Research Forum

    Lynn Little

    Events & Membership Manager

    Lynn is CRF's Membership & Events Manager and also provides administrative support. She has previously worked at Barclaycard, Chapman & Hall Publications and Boyden. Contact Lynn for queries regarding event management, research queries, meeting organisation and diary management.

    Contact Lynn at lynn@crforum.co.uk

  • Terri Hathaway

    Member Relationship Manager

    Terri is responsible for helping members maximise the value of their CRF membership through our events, research, networking and advisory services. She also responds to member queries, providing research, articles and introductions to knowledgeable practitioners and academics from the CRF network. Prior to joining CRF, Terri worked as a management consultant.

    Contact Terri at terri@crforum.co.uk

  • Nicola Pallett

    Head of Marketing & Communications

    Nicola has over 15 years' experience in corporate marketing communications across the professional services industry. At CRF, Nicola’s primary focus is to drive brand awareness and lead generation thereby supporting the growth of the network. She leads on all internal and external communications activity including brand management, advertising and media relations.

    Contact Nicola at nicola@crforum.co.uk

  • Jo Basu - Corporate Research Forum

    Jo Basu

    Business Development Manager - UK

    Jo has over 15 years’ experience in international business development, client relations and sales having previously worked for a number of publishing companies including The Economist and Euromoney. During this time she spent extensive periods living abroad.

    Her role at CRF is to continue to build the network through identifying and welcoming new members and partners to the network.

    Contact Jo at jo@crforum.co.uk

  • Caroline McIvor

    Business Development Manager - UK

    Caroline has over 20 years international business development experience , specialising in HR and Talent Management for the last 12 years. Caroline is able to share her wealth of experience with prospective CRF members across the full spectrum of strategic HR programs. Her role at CRF is to continue to build the network through identifying and welcoming new member and partner organisations to the network.

    Contact Caroline at caroline@crforum.co.uk

  • Elaine McFarlane

    Membership Relationship Manager

    Elaine is responsible for helping members maximise the value of their CRF membership through our events, research, networking and advisory services. She also responds to member queries, providing research, articles and introductions to knowledgeable practitioners and academics from the CRF network. She has over 18 years’ experience in HR with a specialism in Change Management. Prior to joining CRF, Elaine was Director of HR at the CBI, driving and transitioning cultural change.

    Contact Elaine at elaine@crforum.co.uk

  • Harry Cloke

    Business Development Executive

    Harry graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015 and joined CRF in 2016. He provides sales support to the CRF team conducting market research, identifying potential members and providing logistical support at CRF events. He also provides sales support for our sister organisation, Strategic Dimensions.

    Contact Harry at harry@crforum.co.uk

  • Viktorija Verdina - Corporate Research Forum

    Viktorija Verdina

    Research Executive

    Viktorija supports on the development and planning of CRF’s annual research programme. She also coordinates CRF’s Innovation Groups and webinars, and provides additional support across CRF research projects and surveys. Viktorija graduated from University of Bristol and prior to CRF worked for our sister organisation, Strategic Dimensions.

    Contact Viktorija at viktorija@crforum.co.uk

  • Sally Brand

    Business Development Manager - Europe

    Sally has over 10 years’ experience in business development and HR consultancy. She has worked for organisations including Barclays, MPS Group International and boutique HR consultancy Purple Cubed. Sally has worked with exec and HR teams across many sectors to support them in embedding fit for purpose HR strategies that support sustainable results and returns. Her role at CRF is to continue to expand the network in Europe.

    Contact Sally at sally@crforum.co.uk

  • Harriet Ojo

    Events Executive

    Harriet is currently responsible for all business development events across CRF, and sister organisations Strategic Dimensions and PARC. As well as coordinating the events calendar, Harriet arranges event logistics and provides onsite logistical event support. She also leads event organisation for CRF Learning.

    Contact Harriet at harriet@crforum.co.uk