Founded in 1994, now with over 200 members organisations

CRF has become a highly influential focal point and network for over 200 members representing a cross-section of private and public sector organisations.

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CRF‘s goal is to be valued for excellence, rigour, relationship building and providing an independent view which, together, lead to measurable improvement in members’ people and organisation performance.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Build capability across the whole HR function enhancing effectiveness and business impact

300+ hours of learning delivered each year by globally renowned academics, experts and practitioners

Challenge your existing ways of working through research, insight and peer exchange

Share and learn from over 200 private and public sector member organisations including 40% of the FTSE 100

OUR TEAM

A blend of ex-HR practitioners, advisors and business leaders combined with senior management experience in thought leadership and forums.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Nigel Hadleigh

Finance Director

Nigel is the Financial Controller for CRF and its associated businesses, PARC and SD. Nigel is responsible for all financial matters including accounts payable and receivable, payroll, taxation and monitoring business performance. He has extensive experience in accountancy, taxation and payroll.

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John Whelan

Director

Formerly UK HR Director of BAE Systems, the FTSE 100 defence, security, and aerospace company, John’s experience and strengths lie in business and HR Transformation, Organisation Development and Employee Relations. Prior to joining BAE, he held a variety of HR roles in Engineering, Technology and Manufacturing businesses across the Telecommunications and semi-conductor industries including Matra-Marconi Space where he was HR Director for the UK and, latterly, Group HRD.

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Nick Holley

Director of CRF Learning

As Director of CRF Learning, Nick has responsibility to run and provide development programmes 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.

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Clive Steer

Business Development Manager

Clive has over 25 years’ experience in business development, initially for large software companies such as Autonomy and for the last 12 years has specialised in Online Learning primarily with Ashridge Business School. Clive has worked with organisations globally and across all sectors to support them with implementing online learning, his role at CRF is to help expand the continued growth of the CRF network with a focus towards the CRF Learning On Demand online programme suite.

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Athena Kitching

Head of Operations

Athena leads the CRF member and events team through the effective coordination and delivery of CRF’s core programme events. She also has oversight of the CRF Learning events programme (open and bespoke in-house programmes). After graduating with a BA (Hons) Events Management and prior to joining CRF, Athena spent eight years managing events in the UK, New York and Australia.

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Rachel Friend

Senior Project and Events Executive

Rachel has over five years’ experience within the events industry. At CRF, Rachel manages the core programme of member events across Europe. Alongside this, Rachel coordinates CRF Learning’s open and bespoke development programmes.

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Carmen von Rohr

Research Manager

Carmen is responsible for creating, expanding, and diversifying CRF’s digital learning and development content. Prior to joining CRF, Carmen spent several years designing digital learning solutions for higher education at Cengage Learning.

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Harriet Ojo

Senior Design Executive

A First-Class Honours graduate in Events Management, Harriet leads the design and layout of all printed and soft copy materials, marketing collateral, membership programmes and reports. Her role also encompasses the same responsibilities for both CRF’s sister organisations, Strategic Dimensions (SD) and Performance and Reward Centre (PARC).

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Mette Stern

Partnership Engagement Manager

Mette is responsible for helping partners optimise the value of their CRF partnership through events, research, networking and advisory services. After graduating with a BA (Hons) from Cambridge University, Mette spent over 10 years in Professional Services Marketing managing integrated campaigns and a variety of stakeholders, advising Partners on communicating with their target audience and growing their business.

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Melissa Bull

Head of Member Experience

Melissa has worked within the HR advisory space since graduating from the University of Sheffield with a degree in French and Management. Her areas of focus in her previous role at Korn Ferry Hay Group were assessment, leadership development and reward. Melissa is responsible for helping members optimise the value of their CRF membership through events, research, networking and advisory services.

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Rosanna Neary

Senior Membership Engagement Executive

As Senior Membership Engagement Executive, Rosanna assists in helping CRF members optimise the value of their membership through events, research, networking and advisory services. Prior to joining CRF, Rosanna held a number of client-facing administration roles.

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Eloise Burns

Communications Executive

Eloise is responsible for marketing and communications across the CRF and PARC networks. As a Second-Class Honours Upper Division Business Management graduate from Henley Business School, University of Reading, she has a great expanse of knowledge within the HR and Marketing space. Her role also includes supporting the events team in both the marketing and delivery of CRF’s digital and in-person events.

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Katie Shortall

Administrative Executive

As an Administrative Executive, Katie is responsible for providing administrative, event and member support, to maximise the value of CRF memberships. Prior to joining CRF, Katie held a number of event organisation and administrative roles, including a placement in New York and various positions in Dublin.

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Erika Rigley-Brown

Business Development Manager

Erika engages with organisations that are committed to developing and enhancing their HR function. As a Business Development Manager with a background in delivering effective corporate relationships, Erika has more than 12 years’ experience of building and supporting valued partnerships with global organisations.

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Will Pemberton

Senior Projects and Events Executive

Will has over three years’ experience in serving membership communities through events and other peer-2-peer sharing opportunities. At CRF, he organises the yearly events calendar, as well as all CRF Learning programmes.

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Nikki Chiles

Finance Assistant

As Finance Assistant Nikki is responsible for accounts receivable for CRF and associated businesses PARC and SD.  A BSc (Hons) graduate from Bath University, Nikki joined SD in 2005 as an EA and has held various positions across the three businesses.

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Baris Demirer

Instructional Designer

Skilled Instructional Designer with 6 years of experience utilising the ADDIE model and Design Thinking methodology for different industries. Proficient at designing and developing, instructor-led courses, eLearning, videos, learning reinforcement tools and project plans. Working closely with subject matter experts and lead team members to design top-quality instructional materials. Most recently redesigning a face-to-face course into instructor led eLearning video content in order to improve performance and designed different types of a learning reinforcement exercises.

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Ali Akkaya

Senior Instructional Designer

Ali is responsible for designing, developing and managing the content development of interactive instructor-led courses, and technology solutions in CRF’s digital transformation process. Ali has his master’s degree in Educational Technology field, and also has over 8 years of professional experience in the field.

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Testimonials

I continue to be impressed by the way Corporate Research Forum links the best of leading academic input to the real organisation and people issues faced by businesses in today’s uncertain environment. Added to that, they are always a pleasure to work with.

Amy C. Edmondson, Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

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Harvard Business School

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and thought the content was just right. I particularly enjoyed the practical sessions where we could put some of the tools to use and I will be using these with my Business Partners.

Clare Booth, Head of Reward & People Services, Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes-Benz

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, Ricoh Europe

Ricoh Europe

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Richard Hargreaves

Richard Hargreaves

Commercial Director

richard@crforum.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 20 3457 2640

M: +44 (0) 7787 411 572

Clive Steer

Business Development Manager

clive@crforum.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 20 3457 2640

M: +44 (0) 7799 520 614

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