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.

Global HR Interim Executive Search Management
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.

Global HR Talent Management
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.

Global HR Interim Executive Search Management
Mike Haffenden SD Executive Chairman

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

Before establishing CRF, PARC and Strategic Dimensions, I had the privilege of working 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

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.

Dan Caro SD team Director
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Dan Caro
Managing Director
Dan Caro
Managing 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.

Karen Clark SD team Director
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Karen Clark
Director
Karen Clark
Director

In her role as a Director at SD, Karen advises on role creation, talent planning and the recruitment of HR talent into a client’s business. She partners with clients to identify, engage and hire at the CPO and HR Director level as well as leaders, consultants and specialists in Recognition & Reward, Learning, Talent Management, Resourcing, Organisational Design & Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Wellbeing and Employee Communications. She works with a broad range of FTSE 350 companies as well as private companies, start-ups and other equity backed ventures. 

Additionally, Karen is a Director of PARC, our associate business (www.parcentre.co.uk).

Karen also works as an executive coach with individuals and teams across sector and role profile. She has a qualification in executive coaching at EMCC Senior Practitioner level from Tavistock Consulting.

Julie Sharr, SD team Director
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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.

Michael Whelan
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Michael Whelan
Director
Michael Whelan
Director

Michael Whelan is a Director 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.

Chris Williams
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Chris Williams
Director
Chris Williams
Director

Chris is Director and Head of the Interim Practice at Strategic Dimensions.

He recruits at a senior level, covering Generalists (from CPO to SHRBP), Reward, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, OD/OE, L&D, Leadership, HRIS and SSC/GBS implementation. He works with a broad range of FTSE 350 companies as well as private companies, start-ups and private equity backed ventures.

Chris offers services across a full range of industries, as well as in a range of European geographies.

His main interest is in change management; viewing interim as both a reactive and proactive tool to achieve capability development and sustained performance improvement within HR and the broader business.

Chris has worked within Interim Search since 2012. Before moving into this space, Chris worked in FM services providing Commercial and Operational leadership in a PE backed environment.  He graduated from Lancaster University in Politics and is currently studying for his MBA.

Alice Hocknell SD team Head of Research
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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.

Ralph Finnon Researcher
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Ralph Finnon
Researcher
Ralph Finnon
Researcher

Ralph started his career in specialist agency and RPO hiring, before progressing in-house, providing direct resourcing solutions for FTSE250 and private equity backed businesses.

He has an extensive network covering multiple sectors and has built strong HR knowledge through years of partnering with busy HR teams and leading in-house resourcing functions.

Ralph also offers solid international hiring experience having directly delivered multiple hiring projects across EMEA, APAC and North America.

Natalie Hannabuss: SD Team Researcher
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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.

Eva John-Lewis SD team Executive Assistant
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Eva John-Lewis
Executive Assistant
Eva John-Lewis
Executive Assistant

Eva is Executive Assistant to 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.

Emily Light
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Emily Light
Office Manager
Emily Light
Office Manager

Emily is the Office Manager and an Executive Assistant at Strategic Dimensions, where her role is to provide efficient and professional end-to-end support to a team of consultants, their clients and candidates.

Prior to this Emily supported the Head of UK & Europe at a leading energy trade association and a team of recruitment consultants from Junior through to Director Level.

Emily also has experience in events and training, facilitating business presentations, conferences, training courses and networking opportunities for industry professionals.

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Nikki Chiles
Executive Assistant
Nikki Chiles
Executive Assistant

As Finance Assistant Nikki is responsible for accounts receivable for CRF and associated businesses PARC and SD.  A BSc (Hons) graduate from Bath University, Nikki joined SD in 2005 as an EA and has held various positions across the three businesses.

Nigel Hadleigh SD team Finance Director
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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.

CHARITIES WE HAVE SUPPORTED IN 2021/22

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:

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.

For more details of our corporate ethics and values, please visit our Privacy Policy.