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.


"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

22 Oct 2019

Research Manager - contract

Are you an experienced quantitative research manager free to work on a contract basis?

21 Oct 2019

Fieldwork Manager - maternity cover

Maternity cover Fieldwork Manager requirement to start next February.

14 Oct 2019

Research Manager - contract

Are you an experienced quant Research Manager available now?

10 Oct 2019

Research Executive or Senior Research Executive

Busy account team needs an extra pair of quant researcher hands to help out in the run up to Christmas.

4 Oct 2019

Associate Director - maternity cover

Specialist research agency looking to hire into key Associate Director role on a maternity cover contract basis. Part time considered.

27 Sep 2019

Research Manager - contract

Busy reporting period ahead - extra pair of quant research hands needed!

27 Sep 2019

B2B Market Insight Manager

Chance to utilise your analysis skills to feed into product development and other areas in this B2B company.

6 Jun 2019

Research Manager or Associate Director

Strong small research consultancy looking to add to their team just north of London.

10 Sep 2019

Research Manager

Calling all researchers motivated by working for a much loved charity.

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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