Researcher of the Year Award (ROTY) 2019 – Winner revealed at the ERA Conference

The winner of the ROTY award 2019 was announced at the annual conference in London on 30th April, congratulations to Joel Wesley from Eames Partnership

  • The winner of the 2019 Award – Joel Wesley – Eames Partnership
  • The winner of the 2018 Award – Verity Shepley – Jeva Consulting
  • The winner of the 2017 Award – Carin Whitney – Armstrong Craven
  • The winner of the 2016 Award – Zara Sheriff – Write Research Company
  • The winner of the 2015 Award – Diana Watson – Henley Research International
  • The winner of the 2014 Award – Jenesis Squires – Research Europe
  • The winner of the 2013 Award – Sheana Dudley – Research Direct International

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This is a two-step process start now by nominating!

Step 1 – NOMINATE – candidates can either nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague or client with permission.  Supplying name and contact details of the nominee and the reason/s why they are making the nomination to support the application. 

Nominate here >>

Step 2 – COMPLETE FULL APPLICATION FORM – Nominees will then be contacted and requested to submit an example of an assignment example which must include the role/job title, an indication of the client e.g. Big 4 accounting/consulting firm, SME engineering company), the major challenges of the assignment, and what the outcome was.  This should be between 200-500 words incorporating the three evaluation criteria specified below.  

Nominees download full application form here:

2nd stage ROTY Application Form 2019

Email your application form to

Applications close 18th April 2019


In evaluation the Judges consider the research results as well as the research process, evidence of the three evaluation criteria listed below is required.

  1. Service Offering & Professionalism

Demonstrate research results achieved with proved service, best practice and measure outcome; for example: mapping & candidate development, pipelining and succession planning, competency screening, insight and analysis & competitor intelligence. Reinforce credibility in the quality and accuracy of information provided.

  1. Creativity & Complexity

Demonstrate high levels of lateral thinking providing initial consulting, showing understanding of the client needs and advising on the appropriate solution. Demonstrate the complexity of a project which could include for example; geography, sector specialism, cultures etc.

  1. Outcome

Examples of outcomes achieved, including client collaboration and influencing, commitment to the task and return on investment.

General rules & regulations

Nominations which do not address the judging criteria will not be considered. 

Nominations are open to all researchers/sourcers in the executive research industry.  Members and non-members. You do not have to be a member of the ERA to apply.

Complete step 1 by nominating yourself or someone in the industry

The ERA will contact nominees to invite them to complete stage 2 application.

All nomination forms must be sent by email to the Membership Secretary Sarah El-Rasoul

All applications will be treated with the upmost confidentiality.

The winner will receive a free 12 month single membership to the ERA together with a prize and the trophy.

One application per nominee.

Once an application has been submitted the Membership Secretary will remove identifying details and give it a unique coding before submitting it to the Judges.


The Judging of the applications is carried out by 2 high profile judges;

Head Judge – Jocelyn Buxton

Jocelyn Buxton has led the way in independent executive research services since 1990.  Having trained in research with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Fisher Dillistone, Jocelyn went on to found her own business servicing most of the top search firms as well as boutiques and some corporates.  Her commitment to her clients and passion for her work is shown by a repeat business rate of over 90% and she has continued to work with all her ex-employers.  She is a founding member and committee member of the Executive Research Association.

Jocelyn has a wealth of experience, from senior management to board level, working across a broad range of functions, including general management, sales and marketing, finance, legal and commercial, operations and human resources.  She has worked in most markets and has particular expertise in consumer facing businesses including retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, luxury and media.  She also has experience in retail financial services including general insurance and in the public sector.

Why did the ERA introduce an award?

As a profession executive research can be left in the shadows by the more high profile role of headhunting. One of the remits of the ERA is to raise the profile of the research profession, member feedback was that an award would be a good way to recognise excellence in our sector.

Sadly one of our committee members, Stephanie Pratt, a young and promising executive researcher died in 2011 from cancer. So it felt it was fitting to create an award in her memory.