Hi I'm Lara,

Supporting research & insight specialists of all levels in achieving their career aspirations – and helping clients maintain their ‘dream team’.

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My area of expertise

I’ve always specialised in the research & insight sector and cover any agencyside role and clientside roles within the professional services, financial services, education or NFP areas.  

I spent 11+ years in research both agencyside (Ipsos MORI and Isis Research Hong Kong) and clientside (Legal & General, British Airways and Shell).  Back in 2003 I was lured into the world of recruitment by Stopgap and besides a 2 year gap in 2011-2013 (to live in Canada) I have been with the company ever since.

A little more about me...

Reflecting Stopgap’s commitment to flexibility, I’m now working remotely based up in the North West of England. After many years of living in London or abroad I’ve returned to my place of birth and am now watching my pre-teenage children grow up frequenting some of the same places I did (with a few changes noted!). When not taxi-ing children I really enjoy exercise (after many years of rowing training it’s just part and parcel of life) and I’ve also noticed a developing interest in gardening – something that has made my mother rejoice! P.S I’m down in London on a regular basis and always keen to meet people face to face.

I’m a big fan of Stopgap (as you can probably guess from my length of tenure!) – uber supportive employer, great colleagues and an approach to recruitment that I absolutely identify with.

INTERESTING FACT

"I stayed sane whilst settling a 4 and a 2 year old into a new life in Montreal."

This involved: Using Google Translate on a constant basis, trying to make out that having a skiing lesson in -25 degrees is perfectly normal, introducing winter sports in a big way – as well as skiing, ice-skating (best quote from my son – “ you didn’t tell me it was going to be slippy”), (much easier) utilizing one of the many outside swimming pools to deal with the 3 hot months in the summer.

View my current roles

27 Feb 2020

Research Manager - Entertainment

Do you love all things entertainment related? If so, please get in touch about this challenging Research Manager role.

20 Feb 2020

Research Manager/Senior Research Manager

Opportunity for a Research Manager to work at a market research agency on a range of great blue chip clients.

7 Feb 2020

Research Manager or Associate Director

Analysis and insight focused contract role working on a large global programme for a client in the fmcg sector.

31 Jan 2020

Consumer Insight Manager - Germany

Great opportunity to work for this leading brand in Germany as their in-country insights specialist.

30 Jan 2020

Associate Director - Qual & Quant

An interesting, challenging AD role to deliver successful, insightful (mainly) qualitative research.

Always a pleasure dealing with Lara at Stopgap. I appreciate the level of contact, I get a professional and friendly service, regardless of the outcome.
Have been supported by Lara for a number of years now. Unfailingly cheery, helpful and punctual in terms of response times. Also - and to her and Stopgap's great credit - NEVER the 'hard sell'.
Lara suggested that I changed my CV, so I did. After that, she thoroughly reviewed my new CV, giving me valuable tips, she was great and very helpful. I am very grateful for this review because it helped me to stand out in my search for jobs
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