Founded in 2004, now with over 60 members

PARC is a membership organisation enabling HR and Reward Directors to engage with leading business thinkers and academics on key issues affecting today’s performance, reward and governance agenda.

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PARC promotes stimulating research, with expert business and academic input. This, combined with our senior-level membership, provides a rewarding and participative environment for those seeking improved corporate performance.

With over 60 members, including 50% of the FTSE 100, PARC offers an unrivalled opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange in a trusted environment.

 Our philosophy is based on the belief that successful organisations need:

  • A clear and compelling business strategy which is communicated effectively throughout the organisation
  • Leaders with strategic capability who can anticipate and shape the future
  • An engaged, capable and motivated workforce
  • An environment which encourages high performance with minimal barriers to effective operation
  • A performance management system which is clear, unambiguous and can track performance at all relevant levels of the organisation
  • HR practices which support the business strategy and create the above conditions

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 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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Phil Wills

Associate Director

Phil advises and assists PARC in the development of its programme of events. His previous corporate roles included Global Head of Reward for Reed Elsevier (RELX), for ICI, and for Diageo. Since 2010 he has established an independent consultancy business to provide strategic reward support, focused on the delivery of business strategy and organisational performance. His other major focus is as coach to newly appointed (or aspiring) Corporate HR Directors on all areas of reward strategy and delivery (including incentive plan design and corporate governance effectiveness).

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Karen Clark

Director

Karen plays a lead role in member and partner engagement. She is a contributor to our programme development and chairs the Peer to Peer exchange events. She is instrumental in the bi-annual PARC Masterclass which aligns with her interest in the development of capability in the areas of reward, performance and wellbeing. Karen is also a director of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment firm.

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Richard Hargreaves

Commercial Director

Richard leads on growing and broadening the membership and is also responsible for securing and developing partnerships. Richard has a similar role at CRF. Previously, Richard led a commercial team at The Economist Group.

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Steven Toft

Associate

Steven is a writer, business consultant and award-wining blogger, and was previously with the consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has written for The Guardian, The New Statesman and Prospect, and featured on People Management’s list of the Top 20 social media influencers.

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Nigel Hadleigh

Finance Director

Nigel is the Financial Controller for PARC and its associated businesses, CRF 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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Eva John-Lewis

Executive Assistant

Eva organises the logistics of PARC events including member correspondence and event management.

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Rosanna Neary

Membership Engagement Executive

Rosanna assists in helping members optimise the value of their membership through events, research, networking and advisory services.

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Testimonials

Having been an active member of PARC for several years, I find the quality of speakers, the range of topics and depth of discussion to be outstanding.

Adrian Jackson, Group Reward and Policy Director, Vodafone

Vodafone

PARC provides exceptional research and insight across HR and beyond. Their events are always fantastic with stimulating debate and insight on a variety of topics. I highly value the networking opportunities they provide with peers at great companies.

Alex Lowen, Group General Manager, Human Resouces, HSBC

HSBC

As a non-specialist in the Reward discipline, PARC continues to be an invaluable resource for stimulation around current trends and best practice, as well as expert analysis around the broader geopolitical and economic context for many of these. Topics are always highly relevant and current, guest speakers are knowledgeable and informed, and the opportunities to learn from others through lively debate and Q&A never disappoint.

Alistair Proctor, Chief Human Resources Officer, Worldwide, IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands

contact us to discuss membership options

Richard Hargreaves
Richard Hargreaves

Commercial Director

richard@parcentre.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 20 3457 2630

M: +44 (0) 7787 411 572

Join PARC today

  • Insightful research and resources for HR and Reward leaders
  • Regular interactive webinars, peer exchanges and in-person events on business and reward topics
  • Advisory support including member surveys, curated content and insights from experts
  • Brokered connections with HR and Reward leaders to share knowledge and good practice
  • Development programmes for future reward leaders

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  • Research and resources for HR and Reward leaders
  • Regular interactive webinars, peer exchanges and in-person events on business and reward topics
  • Advisory support including member surveys, curated content and insights from experts
  • Brokered connections with HR and Reward leaders to share knowledge and good practice
  • Development programmes for future reward leaders