The network for Performance and Reward leaders

PARC is a network for senior leaders, and their teams, that are focused on Organisational Performance, Reward, Governance and other performance related matters

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PARC is a network for senior leaders, and their teams, that are focused on Organisational Performance, Reward, Governance and other performance related matters such as ESG, Inclusion, Wellbeing and an organisation’s relationship with key external stakeholders.

We have over 70 member organisations, including more than 50% of the FTSE 100.

We are focused on Organisational Performance and Reward.

We provide Reward Directors, HR Directors and their teams the opportunity for confidential peer-to-peer exchange via in-person and online sessions, PARC Member Queries, PARC Pulse Surveys and the facilitation of informal networking.

We meet the needs of senior leaders seeking opportunities for confidential peer discussion and access to timely information, while offering resources, development opportunities, and access to external perspectives for their team.

In addition, via our annual programme of events and research led activities, we enable our members to engage with leading business thinkers, academics, economists and relevant advisers on the key issues affecting today’s performance, reward and governance agenda.


Before establishing CRF, PARC and Strategic Dimensions, I had the privilege of working in Senior HR roles in the US and Europe with six major international businesses including Avon, Rowntree, Unilever and Hewlett Packard. Those who were successful had a clear and compelling strategy, fostered a high-performance team-based culture, set clear objectives, employed clever people, understood the importance of customers and learned from the evaluation of outcomes.

In CRF, PARC and SD we apply these principles in the delivery of our services. We’ve built an unrivalled international network and knowledge bank in the HR and People Management communities and provide the very best advice, resourcing, research, solutions and networking to our clients.

Mike Haffenden


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

Karen Clark


Karen leads the member and partner experience for PARC and has been instrumental in facilitating executive networking for 15+ years. She is a co-contributor to PARC’s annual programme and chairs PARC’s Peer2Peer exchanges. She has a focus on ensuring members’ interests are met and responded to. Aligned with this focus she works closely with Partners, external subject matter experts and our associate advisers to ensure the value of PARC activities and support for our members. Karen also facilitates PARC’s learning offering which aligns with her interest in the development of individual and team capability plus the opportunity for progressive enjoyable careers. She continues to be a Director of Strategic Dimensions, in an advisory role. Her first career was as a lawyer in the TMT sector. She is an EMCC qualified coach.

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Steven Toft

Associate and Author

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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Phil Wills

Managing Director

Phil is a Director of PARC and supports the development and delivery of its programme of events. He also leads its ‘reward learning’ programmes. 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. A further main area of 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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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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Ash Khan

Marketing Manager

Ash is responsible for producing and driving the marketing strategy for PARC and it’s sister organisation, the Corporate Research Forum (CRF). Ash has over 12 years of cross-industry marketing experience ranging from small not-for-profit membership organisations to large FTSE organisations with success across events, publishing and higher education marketing.

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Daianna Moreno

Marketing Executive

Daianna is responsible for providing marketing support for PARC including managing the website, learning platform and data. Prior to joining PARC, Daianna worked as an intern political campaign manager in Augsburg, Germany.

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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 PARC’s sister organisations: Corporate Research Forum (CRF) and Strategic Dimensions (SD).

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Please contact Karen Clark, or Phil Wills.


Throughout the year we make donations to Charities nominated by our team members. In the last 18 months CRF, PARC and SD have donated £25,000 to the following Charities:


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, Ex-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, Head of Group Performance and Reward, 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 of 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.

Alastair Procter, InterPublic Group IPG, SVP, Strategic HR Operations

SVP, Strategic HR Operations

contact us to discuss membership options

Eva John-Lewis

Member Liaison and Executive Assistant

+44 (0) 203 750 3502

Join PARC today

  • Become part of our community of Senior Performance and Reward Leaders and their teams
  • Access facilitated connections and the opportunity for confidential, peer exchange and discussion
  • Attend an annual programme of in-person events, online events and peer exchanges relating to the operational context, organisational performance and reward
  • Gain network insight and timely perspectives via PARC’s member query service, Pulse Surveys, PARC research, and content from Partners and Associates
  • Offer team members access to our development programmes for future reward leaders
  • Receive invitations to off-programme, confidential, member-led discussion between our senior leader membership

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  • Research and resources for HR and Reward leaders
  • Regular online 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