Our Approach

We identify, engage, and understand the talent that our clients require to meet both present and future needs. We hold a principle that good people know good people. Our extensive and continually evolving networks within the international HR, broader business and academic communities are critical to our success in completing projects. We perform by exploring and understanding our clients’ needs, taking time to assess culture, organisational context and the commercial requirements of a new hire.

Executive Search

We use our HR and broader business networks to source the strategically important talent our clients need. We invest time to understand and clarify the contribution and impact required from a new hire as well as the business’s culture and operational context. Our projects are successful because we ensure a foundation of insight and knowledge for each search and are capable and equipped to attract the best HR talent internationally.

Interim Search

Leveraging our network of interim HR talent, we support clients in sourcing and engaging the talent they need for immediate resource requirements. Our extensive and diverse talent pool enables our team to meet client demands in a short search time frame. We invest time and energy in understanding what talent is available, for how long, in what context they are most effective and on what terms. The interim talent we present will have an evidenced and referenced track record of effective delivery.

Talent Mapping

We help our clients understand the best HR talent in the marketplace and create talent pools or external succession pipelines for prospective roles. This can enable a quick start for a future search or the collation of insight and evidence in support of decision making on talent or organisational change.

Meet the Team

The team at SD is committed and long-established, with a track record to match. Many of us have worked in HR and other commercial roles prior to joining.

Client references are available on request for all of our consultants.

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Mairi Bannon
Director
Mairi Bannon
Director

Mairi is a co-founder of Strategic Dimensions and the Performance and Reward Centre (PARC). She is also a Director of the Corporate Research Forum (CRF).

A graduate of Glasgow University with a post-graduate qualification in Human Resource Management, her corporate experience was gained within the avionics, retail and financial services industries while recent experience includes recruitment work within technology, high-end engineering, professional services, FMCG and media businesses. She lived and worked for a short period in France and for many years in Germany. Recently, her work has focused on the UK, Switzerland and mainland Europe where she has helped clients to identify Group HR Directors and international Compensation & Benefits Directors.

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Mike Haffenden
Director
Mike Haffenden
Director

Mike has a degree in Psychology and a post-graduate qualification in Personnel Management.

He has worked in the UK, Europe and the US for major multinationals including, Avon, Rowntree, Unilever and Hewlett-Packard. His experience embraces all aspects of HRM including significant turnarounds, top level resourcing, compensation and benefits, mergers and acquisitions and executive development.

Since leaving corporate life, he has consulted at Board level and established Corporate Research Forum, Strategic Dimensions and PARC.

He has an international network of practitioners, academics, politicians and consultants. He was a founding member of the Guild of HR Professionals and is a judge at HR events and awards.

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Dan Caro
Director
Dan Caro
Director

Dan is Senior Director at Strategic Dimensions as well as an active member of our CRF and PARC networks.

Dan manages the Executive Search operation at Strategic Dimensions as well as recruiting at HR Director level in Recognition & Reward, Talent, Resourcing, Organisational Effectiveness, Leadership Development, and Employee Communications. He has extensive experience recruiting into large, global multinationals as well as supporting small start-up organisations in developing their first HR function. His experience is multi-sector and spans the UK and Europe.

Over the past twelve years his unwavering belief in providing the very highest levels of candidate and client care has enabled him to build a market-leading network across the HR community. Dan is passionate about delivering a premier service and this has led to a near 100% success rate on major searches and securing repeat business.

In addition to his recruitment work he is always keen to provide advice and guidance to HR professionals and is equipped to provide valuable insights to candidates on their career and development as well as sharing mutually beneficial connections.

Dan has been working in recruitment consultancy since 1997, joining Strategic Dimensions in 2006. He started his career post-graduation with Tesco, progressing into a number of general management roles before moving into recruitment in 1997.

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Karen Clark
Director
Karen Clark
Director

Karen is a Director at Strategic Dimensions as well as an active member of our CRF and PARC networks.

She recruits at HR Director level as well as recruiting leaders and specialists in Recognition & Reward, Talent, Resourcing, Organisational Effectiveness, Leadership Development, and Employee Communications. She works with a broad range of FTSE 350 companies as well as private companies, start-ups and other private equity backed ventures.

She works across sectors and has an extensive network within the UK and European HR communities.

In addition to her recruitment work she has a strong interest in the development of talented HR professionals and is equipped to provide advice and guidance to candidates on their career and progression.

Karen’s view is that it is critical to clearly define role requirements and a hire’s expected commercial impact before embarking on a search. She has a particular interest in organisational culture, positive psychology and the importance of strengths and psychodynamics in making any talent or recruitment decisions.

Karen moved into Executive Search in 2001 after a career as a qualified solicitor in the technology sector. She graduated with a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

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Julie Sharr
Director
Julie Sharr
Director

Julie Sharr is a Director at Strategic Dimensions and leads assignments to recruit HR leaders and functional specialists across multiple business sectors. Working with large multinational corporations, SMEs and private companies, Julie recruits in the UK and across Europe. She also manages the interface with our North American search partner, hrQ.

Julie has 20 years’ experience in HR Executive Search. Prior to joining Strategic Dimensions, she held an international HR and recruitment role in the energy industry. She graduated with a BA in French, Swedish and European Literature and holds a Master’s in HR Management.

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Steve Wing
Director
Steve Wing
Director

Steve is a Director at Strategic Dimensions and leads recruitment assignments for HR Directors and specialist HR leaders in Talent, Reward, OD, ER and IR and Learning & Development. Steve works with a broad range of FTSE 350 and private companies both in the UK and internationally as well as public sector organisations and charities in the UK.

Steve is a trained coach and counsellor and is able to provide advice and guidance to Senior HR executives on career planning and personal development. He also leads a number of special interest groups in Change & Transformation, Diversity and Resourcing.

Prior to joining Strategic Dimensions, Steve held a number of senior HR roles including European HRD for a FTSE 100 organisation and Head of Performance for an international consulting group. Earlier in his career he specialised in Talent Management and delivered executive development programmes around the world.

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Tina Neve
Consultant - Interim Practice
Tina Neve
Consultant - Interim Practice

Tina is a Consultant at Strategic Dimensions and leads our interim practice.

Tina undertakes executive level day rate and fixed term contract assignments across all areas of HR including: HR Directors, HR Business Partners, and specialist roles across Reward, OD / Change, Talent & Leadership, Talent Acquisition, HR Transformation, HR Shared Services / Service Delivery, HRIS and Communications. She works across sectors and has well-established relationships within the HR interim community.

Tina is very experienced at supporting candidates who are at a crossroads in their career and are considering a move into interim work. Working closely with the wider Strategic Dimensions team this provides a seamless and holistic approach for candidates.

Tina moved into Executive Search in 1995 after a career in HR. She is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies.

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Michael Whelan
Consultant
Michael Whelan
Consultant

Michael Whelan is a Consultant at Strategic Dimensions.

He recruits Generalist HR roles at a variety of levels as well as leaders and specialists in Reward, Talent, Resourcing, Leadership Development and Employee Relations.

He has worked with growth companies and start-ups as well as large international enterprises. His experience extends across industry and geographical sectors including EMEA and APAC, and he has a strong international and UK network.

Michael started his career in Executive Search in 2014, initially as a researcher. He graduated with a BSc in Human & Physical Geography from the University of Reading.

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Charlotte Henney
Consultant
Charlotte Henney
Consultant

Charlotte Henney is a Consultant at Strategic Dimensions.

A former HR professional, she has a wide network of fellow practitioners who operate in a range of sectors.

Prior to joining SD, Charlotte had ten years’ experience within the property and construction industry and her practice in the past has focused on building a nimble, flexible and resilient workforce to achieve business goals. As part of the leadership team of a start-up, Charlotte was involved in resourcing, developing and rewarding in an entrepreneurial business context.

Charlotte holds a B.A. in Business Studies specialising in Strategic Entrepreneurship from Nottingham Business School. She is an Enterprise Advisor for the South-East Partnership with Essex County Council and an active member of the HR community.

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Alice Hocknell
Head of Research
Alice Hocknell
Head of Research

Alice leads the Research team at Strategic Dimensions.

She has previously worked as a Consultant within the business, recruiting senior HR professionals across a diverse range of industry sectors including technology, retail, automotive, FMCG and financial services.

Alice and her team identify and engage Senior HR Generalists and Reward / ER / Talent / OD / Resourcing specialists with domestic and international experience. She sources a longlist of potential candidates and assesses their technical capability as well as cultural and organisational fit before passing to a Director/Consultant for detailed interview, prior to presenting a shortlist.

Alice has worked in HR search since graduating from the University of Reading in 1996, and as such is a familiar name in the HR community.

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Jill Beeson
Researcher
Jill Beeson
Researcher

Jill is a Researcher at Strategic Dimensions supporting the consultancy team on a broad range of Director and Senior-level search mandates spanning all of the HR disciplines. She works across all industry sectors and benefits from a wide network within the HR community, both domestically and internationally.

Jill approaches the research process by gaining a strong understanding of the specific client organisation and most importantly its culture, in order to identify and engage the most appropriate talent to fit the well-defined briefs. For every search she explores both the SD and her own personal network, as well as conducting extensive research beyond that, expanding her ever-growing reach to ensure the strongest shortlists are delivered.

Earlier in her career, Jill worked within the hospitality and leisure sector occupying operational roles, having studied Hotel and Catering Management at Sheffield Polytechnic. Jill first made the move into recruitment in 1995, and then more specifically into search in 2003.

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Natalie Hannabuss
Researcher
Natalie Hannabuss
Researcher

Natalie is a researcher at Strategic Dimensions with a solid background in research and recruitment in the HR industry.

She works on projects starting at Business Partner level through to HR Director and has extensive experience of working in the Reward, Talent, Learning & Development and Organisation Development functions.

She works across sector and has an extensive network within the UK HR community, especially within the Reward specialism.

Natalie previously worked in Reward and has a strong understanding of Executive Compensation.

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Caspar Bungay
Researcher
Caspar Bungay
Researcher

Caspar is a Researcher at Strategic Dimensions.

He supports the consultancy team by scouring our existing network of HR professionals and conducting fresh searches to find the best talent available. He is also involved in an ongoing process to become a consultant himself.

Caspar graduated from Sussex University with First-Class Honours in Business Management with Organisational Leadership.

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Lindsay Everett
Office Manager
Lindsay Everett
Office Manager

Lindsay is the Office Manager for Strategic Dimensions, CRF and PARC.

Lindsay has extensive Senior Executive Assistant and Office Manager experience gained in different business sectors, including post production, communications, branding and property. She has been part of the SD team since 2000 and oversees all IT, office and administrative systems. Lindsay also supports three of our Directors and is responsible for candidate and client administration.

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Eva John-Lewis
Executive Assistant
Eva John-Lewis
Executive Assistant

Eva is Executive Assistant to Mairi Bannon and Mike Haffenden. Her support extends across all three businesses, particularly, at PARC where she organises and co-ordinates all the events in the annual programme, as well as acting as first point of contact for members.

Prior to joining Strategic Dimensions, Eva spent her earlier career working in large blue-chip IT organisations supporting CEOs, MDs and Vice Presidents.

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Lynn Little
Executive Assistant
Lynn Little
Executive Assistant

Lynn is Executive Assistant to the SD consultancy team and is responsible for candidate and client administration. She is also accountable for organising all business development events including event logistics, onsite support and monitoring and following up with attendees.

Prior to this, Lynn worked for ten years at Strategic Dimensions’ sister organisation, Corporate Research Forum, as their Events Manager. This extensive experience, working within the ever-growing HR network, has established her reputation for acute attention to detail and seamless end-to-end support.

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Harriet Ojo
Design and Marketing Executive
Harriet Ojo
Design and Marketing Executive

Harriet Ojo is the Design and Marketing Executive for the SD, CRF and PARC businesses.

She leads on all SD marketing and brand management activity encompassing SD’s extensive events calendar and external communications including the SD website. Across each of our three businesses she has accountability for the design and layout of all printed and soft copy materials, marketing collateral, membership programmes and reports. Harriet has always had a passion for graphic design and user experience which has led to her taking a lead in the development of interactive assets and the innovation of online resources for SD, CRF & PARC.

She has particular skills in the use of layout and formatting to enhance usability and the value of shared content and communication. Before joining SD in 2014 as an Executive Assistant, she worked in creative roles within the publishing sector.

Harriet graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Events Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Nigel Hadleigh
Finance Manager
Nigel Hadleigh
Finance Manager

Nigel is the Financial Controller for Strategic Dimensions and its associated businesses.

He has extensive experience in accountancy, taxation and payroll.

Nigel is responsible for all financial matters including accounts payable and receivable, payroll, taxation and monitoring business performance.

Our Values

Client and candidate care is our primary concern and we are committed to building long-term relationships.

Candidates will be treated objectively, and with rigour, integrity and courtesy.

We work hard to understand the clients’ needs to ensure that the recruitment activity aligns with business plans and objectives.

We perform with impeccable levels of service and subscribe to the highest standards of ethical codes of practice and confidentiality.

We evaluate our work for effectiveness and continue communications post project delivery.

Our trained consultants and researchers act in accordance with all rules and regulations related to diversity. We are able to balance these legal obligations with the imperative to deliver shortlists of the best candidates and the best fit.

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