Founded in 2004, now with over 70 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 70 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.


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 plays a lead role in PARC’s member and partner engagement. She is a contributor to PARC’s programme development and designs and chairs PARC’s Peer to Peer exchanges. 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. She is instrumental in the design and delivery of PARC’s bespoke learning products. Additionally, Karen is a Director of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment firm. Her first career was as a lawyer in the TMT sector. Karen is also 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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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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Will Pemberton

Senior Events Executive

Will has over three years’ experience in serving membership communities through events and other peer-2-peer sharing opportunities. He organises PARC’s events calendar and associated logistics. He also supports PARC’s sister organisation, Corporate Research Forum (CRF) with event management.

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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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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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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, 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, Chief Human Resources Officer, IPG Mediabrands

IPG Mediabrands

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Eva John-Lewis

Executive Assistant

+44 (0) 20 3457 2630

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  • Research and resources for HR and Reward leaders
  • Regular 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