• Mike Haffenden - Corporate Research Forum

    Mike Haffenden


    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


    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 was formerly Director of Research, Public Policy, Professional Standards and Qualifications at the CIPD. 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

  • Nicola Pallett

    Head of Marketing & Communications

    Nicola has over 20 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Harry Cloke

    Business Development Manager

    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

  • Athena Kitching

    Events Manager

    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.

    Contact Athena at athena@crforum.co.uk

  • Harriet Ojo

    Design & Marketing Executive

    A First-Class Honors graduate in Events Management, Harriet leads the design and marketing activity for CRF’s sister organisation, Strategic Dimensions. She also supports on the design and delivery of brand-related marketing materials for Corporate Research Forum and Performance and Reward Centre.

    Contact Harriet at harriet@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.

    Contact Viktorija at viktorija@crforum.co.uk

  • Makedah Simpson

    Membership Engagement Executive

    Makedah graduated from Queen Mary University in 2017 with an Master of Research in Public Policy. She supports the Member Engagement team to help members maximise the value of their CRF membership.

    Contact Makedah at makedah@crforum.co.uk