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Our Team

A combination of senior management experience and a long track record of thought leadership in organisational development and performance.

Mike Haffenden

Mike established PARC as a syndicated research consortium to investigate the practices and principles which make a difference in reward. He applied the same principles in founding CRF, our people management forum.

Mike is also a founder and director of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment firm. Previously, Mike held senior HR roles in major international businesses.

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Mairi Bannon

Mairi is a director of PARC and our sister organisation Corporate Research Forum (CRF).

A graduate of Glasgow University, she has wide HR and board experience and has worked in several sectors across continental Europe including financial services, avionics, telecoms, consulting and media. 

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Stuart Hetherington
Programme Director

Stuart is responsible for writing PARC's annual programme and event materials. Previously Head of Corporate HR at National Power, Stuart has extensive experience in managing major change programmes and employee relations. 

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Richard Hargreaves
Commercial Director

Richard is the Commercial Director for PARC and our sister organisation CRF, with responsibility for the members and partners associated with both networks.

Richard was previously the Regional Sponsorship Director at the Economist Group, managing on Economist events and thought leadership by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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Stephanie Bird
Associate Director

Stephanie has worked in HR, talent management and organisation change for over 30 years and has held HRD roles in a number of global organisations. 

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

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Phil Wills

Phil advises and assists PARC in the development of key events. He has a strong interest in the design of reward plans to support business strategy, including executive incentive plans.

An independent consultant, his previous roles include global head of compensation and benefits for Reed Elsevier, ICI and Diageo.

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Eva John-Lewis
Executive Assistant

Before joining PARC, Eva spent a large part of her working life in IT management consulting companies. Eva now supports PARC's two Directors, Mairi Bannon and Mike Haffenden, with key responsibility for member relationships.

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Jo Basu
Business Development Manager

Jo has over 15 years' worth of experience in business development, client relationship management and sales.

Her career has involved extensive travel and international business, taking her to over 25 different countries, liaising with government ministers, C-level and other decision makers.

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Harriet Ojo
Events Executive

Harriet is currently responsible for all business development events across PARC, CRF and Strategic Dimensions. As well as coordinating the events calendar Harriet arranges event logistics and provides onsite event support.

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