Researcher of the Year Award (ROTY) 2020

The winner of the ROTY award 2020 was announced at a virtual award presentation on 17th June,  congratulations to Tabitha Head from Talent Insight Group

  • The winner of the 2020 Award – Tabitha Head – Talent Insight Group
  • 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 2020

Email your application form to

Applications closed for 2020


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 – Anthony Harling – Not Actively Looking

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.