Our Team

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

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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


Karen Clark

Managing Director

Karen leads the member and partner experience for PARC. She has been instrumental in facilitating executive networking and collaboration for 15+ years. She has a focus on ensuring members get ongoing benefit and value from being part of the PARC community and engaging in PARC’s activities. Aligned with this focus she works closely with Partners, external subject matter experts and our associate advisers to ensure the ongoing relevance and evolution of PARC’s offering. Karen has a particular interest in the development of individual and team capability plus the opportunity for progressive, enjoyable careers. She is an EMCC qualified executive coach which supports her development work with our members. She is also a qualified solicitor and has an interest in the role of effective governance in support of sustainable performance and positive societal impact. Karen is a keen hiker and has a passion for the sustainability of the natural landscape and the value it can bring via enabling access and inclusion for all. She is a Board Trustee for the Surrey Hills Society.

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Steven Toft

Researcher 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


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

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