Team

Team

Our people are at the heart of what we deliver at Sensory Dimensions and 'Team' forms a very strong element of our culture. When you work with us you will meet some of our team and deal with them on a daily basis. Others may always remain in the background. You might like to be introduced to them here.
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Amanda Kirkham

Technician, Nottingham

Amanda has been at Sensory Dimensions for 4 years, working in Hair, Skin cream and on numerous CLT’s. She is now the Technician for the new Laundry Panel.

She loves to horse ride with her daughter Kacey 14, who has a horse called Ruby and also likes going on long walks with Treacle the Dog.

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Amanda Talbot

Project Manager, Reading

Amanda manages food and beverage studies, including Central Location Tests and Descriptive Sensory Profiling.

Outside of work she enjoys all sorts of handicrafts, including rug making, crochet and embroidery. She also loves her greenhouse and everything growing in it.

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Anna Cheung

Technician, Nottingham

Anna is a Technician in the Health & Personal Care team. Her day involves writing panel reports, invoicing, preparing samples, setting up study paperwork and running fieldwork.

In her spare time, Anna likes to experiment with new recipes, spend time with her pet rabbit Oreo, catch up on soaps or watch a good box set.

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Anneliese Hill

Recruitment Manager, Reading

Anneliese manages the Reading Recruitment team, ensuring that our studies are full of eligible consumers. She is also responsible for the recruitment of casual staff, their training and timesheets. Part of her role is to grow the recruitment database and she is always finding new and creative ways to sign up more consumers.

In her spare time, Anneliese likes to go for family walks and days out with Lana the dog, her husband and two lovely Children. She belongs to a book club and enjoys discovering new books to read. Socializing and entertaining friends and family are a big part of her life.

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April Whitehouse

Lab Assistant, Nottingham

With the rest of the Home and Personal Care Team, April's days start before sunrise as she organises samples for panels to evaluate before they go to work.

Once that's done, she loves spending weekends at her family caravan with her partner. They love to sit on the veranda and relax with the sun on their faces and a drink. She loves to socialise with her family and friends, especially during the summer.

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Catriona Quigley

Programme Manager, Nottingham

Catriona is the Programme Manager for food and beverage in Nottingham. Day to day, her work consists of managing a team of project managers and technicians, coordinating the running of multiple studies within the facility and providing the team with the support and development opportunities they need to ensure a quality experience for our clients.

She has an MSc in Nutrition and Food Science and keeps up her interest in nutrition, health and fitness as a hobby. She bakes a mean chocolate cake and loves Nottingham's live music venues

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Danielle Dale

Project Manager, Nottingham

Danielle is a Project Manager within the Home and Personal Care team. Her work involves looking after our more regular clients and liaising with them to ensure we have everything in place for their projects.

In her spare time, you can usually find Danielle spending time with her family and friends. When the weather is not too cold, she likes to go out running with her dog, Casey, otherwise she will be curled up on the sofa in front of the TV.

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Doerte Tetley

Recruitment Assistant, Nottingham

Doerte is the Recruitment Assistant in Nottingham. It falls under her domain to register new consumers, tidy up the database, recruit for studies, answer phone calls, input and check the recruitment data, set up projects on the database and support the Recruitment Manager, Marie, in any way she can.

In her spare time, Doerte enjoys walking, going to the seaside, spending time with her friends, being part of her church and if time allows, she also does some painting and drawing.

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Dorothy Rubery

Receptionist, Nottingham

Dorothy is the person who welcomes all our visitors and who operates our Nottingham switchboard. She manages all our orders and deliveries and co-ordinates our meeting rooms and meetings.

In her free time, Dorothy likes to relax with her family, read, play board games, do sudoku and compete in athletic competitions; throwing the hammer

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Emily Chang

Project Manager, Nottingham

Emily is a Project Manager in the Food and Beverage team. Her day involves managing consumer research projects, running food panels, and writing reports.

Outside of work she likes to cook and experiment with new recipes and has a passion for flavours in food and drinks. On her days off, Emily is a keen traveller and always looking for new destinations to visit.

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Emma Smith

Senior Technician, Nottingham

Emma is a Technician in the Home and Personal Care team so she spends her time organising and running product evaluations.

When she's not at work, she loves spending her time with her family especially going for long walks with her daughter and husband and their family dog. She also enjoys going to their family cottage in Norfolk for lots of peace and tranquility. Being by the sea is where Emma feels the whole family can really relax.

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Gail Underwood

Technician, Nottingham

As a Technician, Gail is responsible for organising our facilities and equipment for Consumer and Descriptive Sensory studies on personal care products.

When she's not doing that, Gail's time is spent with visits of children and grandchildren, listening to music, being creative with home crafts, gardening and growing orchids.

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Graham Comery

Technician, Nottingham

Graham is a Trainee Technician with the Food and Beverage team. His day involves preparing samples for consumer studies and panels.

In his spare time, Graham collects Japanese Pachislo machines and enjoys playing music.

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Hannah Weston

Recruitment Assistant, Reading

Hannah is the Recruitment Assistant in Reading and co-manages the team along with Anneliese, the Recruitment Manager. She ensures that we have the right consumers for our studies. She is also responsible for registering new consumers, maintaining the database, helping recruit for studies, answering calls and sending out email blasts.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys shopping, baking, spending time with friends and if time allows, a spa day.

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Jane Randall

Programme Manager, Nottingham

Jane is the Programme Manager for household and personal care products in Nottingham. She coordinates a team of project managers and technicians; ensuring that every member in her team is highly skilled and able to deliver top quality, novel research to their clients.

She has a BSc in Food Science and an addiction to tea. In her spare time, Jane loves to bake, and often spends evenings playing board games or stealing cuddles from her nieces and nephews, be they human or canine.

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Julia Firrell

Technician, Reading

Julia’s day is spent providing support for the project leaders.

In her spare time Julia enjoys visiting National trust properties with her husband. She also enjoys walking, cycling gardening and attending keep fit classes.

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Jurate Bladzinauskiene

Finance Administrator, Reading

Jurate is responsible for the day-to-day administration in the Finance Department. Her job involves maintaining the Company's financial records, from collecting and entering data on the system to summarising information for analysing reports, so that the management accounts provide an accurate picture of the business.

Jurate enjoys being active and is always full of new ideas and plans. She loves life and is passionate about having a healthy lifestyle. One day, she hopes to find more spare time to learn to play an electric violin.

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Katja Worner

Technical Support Officer, Nottingham

What does Katja do at Sensory Dimensions? She supports the projects teams in Food & Beverage as well as Home & Personal Care with technical advice, data analysis and interpretation of a variety of different data sets – something she truly enjoys and never gets bored of.

Outside the business, Katja loves cycling, singing, reading, her rabbits and the garden, as well as going go to the movies or theatre. She is also actively involved in community work at a local Methodist church.

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Kyle Ogle

Senior Technician, Nottingham

Kyle manages small projects, prepares samples for studies, meets and welcomes our consumers when they come for studies and helps to maintain the preparation facility.

In his spare time Kyle plays snooker and football on a Wednesday. He's our resident film enthusiast so spends most of his evenings watching films. He also plays guitar.

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Lauren Henry

Project Manager, Reading

Lauren's days involve liaising with clients and other members of the Sensory Dimensions team to lead projects through a variety of stages. She may be planning a project; running a sensory panel or consumer study, analysing data or writing a report.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys dancing, (including ballet), going on walks and watching films. She is an avid reader and would happily read a book a day if time allowed. Lauren also loves food and describes her ideal evening as one of good food and the company of my friends and family.

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Libby Good

Business Development Manager, Reading

As Business Development Manager, Libby's role is to develop and maintain client relationships and build awareness of Sensory Dimensions.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, skiing, walking and generally keeping active. Libby has run the London Marathon twice (not on the same day!) and loves cooking at home, going out to eat, music festivals and the company of great friends.

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Louisa Tomlinson

Panel Leader, Nottingham

As a Panel Leader Louisa's role involves the set up and running of panels and studies. She also helps the team of technicians maintain the facility and with stock control.

Out of work she spends time on lots of fun activities with her children. She enjoys socialising with her partner and friends and, as a keen gardener, her favourite summer activity is pottering around the garden with her chickens.

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Maggie Dyer

Technician, Nottingham

As a Technician Maggie's role is to prepare samples for studies, welcome consumers to our facility, control stock levels and maintain the cleanliness of the facility.

She loves spending time with her children and her six grand children. They do baking, gardening and trips to the seaside in their caravan. She also enjoys going out and socialising with her husband and friends.

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Mala Choudhury

Project Manager, Reading

In her role as a Project Manager at Sensory Dimensions, Mala works on both trained panel and consumer research projects for a large variety of clients. She is involved in various stages of a project from project set up, through to fieldwork, data analysis and reporting.

Outside of work, Mala enjoys spending time with family and friends, trips to the theatre, music concerts and travelling to exotic destinations. She also loves to bake when time allows and is most famous amongst her family and friends for her rice pudding and vanilla cheesecake

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Marie Stainsby

Recruitment Manager, Nottingham

Marie's days include recruiting new consumers and entering demographic data. She also deals with taking on new casual staff, training them, booking them in for work and keeping an eye on their times sheets.

She is the mother to two beautiful children and wife to her lovely husband, so spends time doing things for them. But she finds time to go tap dancing and get her nails and hair done

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Oliver Woodman

Technician, Reading

Oliver assists the project managers with sensory and consumer tests including sample preparation, fieldwork, analysis and various paperwork. He also assists with general housekeeping duties at the Reading site.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys playing basketball and guitar, watching films and socialising with friends.

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Oly Thompson

Qual Researcher, Reading

Oly leads the design and implementation of our qual projects. His work has guided R&D teams on a diverse range of projects for many global brands.  Oly has a very creative approach to research and likes to integrate ethnographic and on-line methods to demonstrate real consumer behaviour.

Oly has also worked in communications and advertising research with companies such as British Airways, EE and Accenture.

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Pam Beyts

Chairman, Reading

Most of Pam's time is spent listening to clients' business needs then devising first class research programs to give them clear direction on developing and maintaining winning brands.

Her main hobby is dancing – Ballet, Tap, Ballroom, Latin and Old Time. In the summer she has a heavy festival-going schedule including Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Festival. As a co-owner of a lighthouse in Scotland, there are also trips up north to review renovation progress.

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Phoebe Lissimore

Project Leader, Reading

Phoebe is a placement student from The University of Reading. Her days involve managing the Qualitative Descriptive Analysis panel, liaising with clients, ordering samples, leading panels, analysing data and writing reports. She also assists our team with central location tests and is involved with sensory testing panels.

Phoebe is a big lover of cats and the colour yellow! In her spare time she enjoys baking.

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Ruth Greenaway

Quality and Technical Development Manager, Nottingham

Ruth’s job involves two key areas: maintaining quality and further developing technical capability within the business. Quality is maintained through audits and various quality checks while technical interests of the company are upheld through research projects in current sensory topics, writing scientific papers and contributing to book chapters.

Away from work she loves to spend time outdoors; walking and cycling in the countryside with her husband and son. She is a keen musician and enjoys playing alto sax, piano and clarinet.

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Sairah Vivian

Finance Manager, Reading

Sairah is in charge of the accounts department and production of monthly management accounts.

Apart from that she leads a very active life with two young children, a passion for skiing and the Alps. She also fits in dancing and teaching pre-school French.

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Sarah Hale

Marketing and Communications, Reading

Sarah is responsible for the marketing and communications for Sensory Dimensions so spends her time organising marketing material and logistics for conferences and exhibitions, as well as monitoring social media activities.

Outside work, Sarah enjoys cycling and travelling and she loves to spend as much time as she can meeting up with her friends and family.

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Sarah McKenna

Senior Technician, Nottingham

Sarah joined Sensory Dimensions as a sensory panellist in Home and Personal care. She then moved into our recruitment team, recruiting people for consumer research studies. Sarah now works as a technician in the food and beverage team. Her role includes preparing samples and the test room for consumer studies, maintaining the facility and supporting the Project Managers with project related administration.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and running around after her son. She also enjoys walking her dog, going swimming and socialising. She loves a good movie and going shopping to look for a great bargain

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Simon Hails

Associate Director, Reading

Simon began his career in Sensory & Consumer Research over 20 years ago and it has seen him take on both agency and client side roles. He has answered a wide and diverse range of research questions during this time from all sectors across the industry and loves designing innovative and creative solutions. Simon was most recently at Mondelez International, where he spent each and every day conducting research on chocolate.

Outside of work, Simon's love of food continues. He is a keen cook and gardener, growing his own fruit and vegetables on an allotment. He enjoys walking, spending time with family and exploring the River Thames in his canoe.

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Tara Purser

Office & Facility Manager, Nottingham

No working week is the same for Tara, which is why she loves her job. It can go from Health & Safety, broken boilers, blocked drains or PC problems, to arranging training and new staff induction programmes in an instant.

Her limited free time is spent watching comedy and going to concerts, shopping, doing up the house and walking Ruby, the dog.

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Tracey Hollowood

Managing Director, Nottingham

Tracey wears three hats for planning the business strategy (where are we going?), taking care of the team (are they excited about what we do?) and looking after clients (what can we do better?)

At home she loves being lazy and watching mindless TV with her cats, Holly and Socks. When there is more energy, she likes to cook, eat, tap dance and take long walks – anything less than 10 miles just isn't worth it

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Tracey Sanderson

Managing Director, Reading

Tracey's fascination with Sensory Science started at Reading University. Then she trained as a sensory scientist before working for Cadbury as a Sensory Panel Leader, Sensory Manager and Business Development Manager. Her days are now spent liaising with clients and potential clients and co-ordinating the sales, marketing, finance and IT functions of the business

Away from work she practices yoga, runs and loves to read.

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Wayne Smith

IT Manager, Reading

As IT Manager, Wayne is responsible for ensuring our IT runs effectively across both of our sites. His key role is finding and implementing solutions to issues that arise within the network.

Wayne likes to spend his time away from work going to the pub or riding his motorbike, ‘The Hornet’. He's recently taken up snowboarding and wakeboarding and he has a dog called Fred.

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Weronika Onufruk

Senior Technician, Nottingham

Weronika's days usually start before sunrise and see her preparing samples, running studies and completing post study paperwork.

Weronika has a toddler that keeps her very busy when not at work! She also enjoys shopping, meeting friends and going out.  She works up a sweat with yoga classes and cycling around the local parks - when the Nottingham weather lets her.

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Yasmin Andrews

Project Manager, Nottingham

Yasmin joined us from the University of Nottingham after completing her undergraduate degree in Food Sciences. At Sensory Dimensions, Yasmin runs a variety of sensory panels and consumer studies to optimize and improve our clients’ products.

In her spare time she enjoys running her brownie unit and watching the girls grow in confidence. She also likes to explore National Trust properties and go for long walks. If the weather isn’t good, you will find her at home cuddling her pet rabbits Nala and Odie.

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