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

Starting with Sensory Dimensions as a consumer, Amanda is now a trainee technician, spending her varied days making up samples and running consumer studies. She also works with our trained panellists on skin cream and hair care.

Her home life is always busy too with her little girl of 9 with whom she goes riding (she's not as good as her daughter!) and 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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Andrew Crabtree

Finance Administrator, Reading

Andrew is responsible for day-to-day administration in the Accounts department.  His job involves maintaining the company's financial records and entering all transactions so that the management accounts provide an accurate picture of the business.

Outside work, when not keeping up with domestic DIY or maintaining the family's collection of ageing vehicles, Andrew likes to walk, read and travel with his wife.  He's also a keen surfer, of the internet variety.

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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

Project Manager, Nottingham

Catriona prepares and runs our food testing studies, both sensory and consumer. She talks to clients about their project objectives, runs the study and writes the client reports afterwards. She tests a huge variety of different foods – it's never boring!

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 rock music venues

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Charlotte Finnemore

Project Leader, Reading

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

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Claire Howland

Technician, Reading

Much of Claire's day involves preparing samples for our Quality Appraisal Panel and writing reports on their findings.

In her spare time Claire loves baking especially with her two young sons.  When she is not baking she likes to relax by working out at the gym or socialising with friends and family.

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Claire Humphreys

Programme Manager, Nottingham

Claire works in the Home and Personal Care department. Her job involves coordinating projects with Clients and Project Managers and identifying and implementing new commercial opportunities. Claire has a PhD in plant biology from the University of Sheffield and has four years’ experience with Proctor & Gamble focusing on establishing claims protocols and qualitative research.

Away from work Claire enjoys catching up with friends dotted all over the UK and watching films and TV dramas. Claire has ambitions to own a tandem bicycle in the near future

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Clarissa Monon

Sensory Panel Leader, Reading

Clarissa's day primarily involves carrying out sensory panel sessions, collating data, monitoring their performance and establishing their training needs.

When not at work, Clarissa runs a busy household with four children, a husband and the cat, Raj! A lot of her free time involves her home and family but she likes to make time for long walks with friends and the occasional good book.

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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

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

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Itzel Cacique

Student Placement, Nottingham

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Jane Randall

Project Manager, Reading

Jane splits her time between co-ordinating her sensory panellists and liaising with her clients; the constantly changing needs of both really keeps her on her toes! She focuses mostly on planning, leading, analysing and reporting sensory testing projects but also works on consumer research studies.

Jane is a keen snowboarder, sailor and baker. She has recently started training with St John Ambulance and hopes to be out and about as a First Aider soon. She enjoys arts and crafts and has started gardening…with mixed results

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Julia Firrell

Technician, Reading

Julia’s day is spent preparing samples for our Quality Appraisal Panel and 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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Julia Mills

Technician, Reading

Julia’s main role is to prepare and cook samples for our twice weekly Quality Panel. She is also responsible for ordering office supplies and managing the stock in the company stores.

Once the general house duties are done, plus rugby, football or sending money and forgotten items back to her eldest sons, Julia loves to cycle and swim. She would like to get back into Laser Racing or even just sailing, before she is too old! Julia's next challenge will be to learn Spanish.

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Katja Worner

Project Manager, Nottingham

What does Katja do at Sensory Dimensions? She is part of the Home and Personal Care team and mainly responsible for the analysis and interpretation of many different data sets – something she truly enjoys and never gets bored of.

What does Katja do outside the business? She loves cycling, singing, reading and crafting, as well as going go to the movies or theatre. She is also actively involved in community and charity work at a local Methodist church.

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Kyle Ogle

Senior Technician, Nottingham

Kyle 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 Sunday. 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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Liz Harrington

Project Manager, Nottingham

Liz moved to Nottingham for University in 2010 and has been here ever since. She first joined Sensory Dimensions as a sensory panel member working on our skin cream panel and she became a Technician a few months later. She works in the Food and Beverage unit where she helps the project managers to prepare studies and samples.

In her spare time Liz enjoys socialising with friends and going to the gym for Zumba, Yoga and swimming although not all at once

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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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Lucy White

Programme Manager, Nottingham

Lucy manages a team in the Food and Beverage department specialising in sensory descriptive profiling. She is responsible for ensuring the sensory panels deliver high quality and actionable results to our clients. Lucy studied Food Science at the University of Otago in New Zealand and has completed a PGCert in Sensory Science at the University of Nottingham. Before joining Sensory Dimensions, Lucy worked in cooking and dishwashing appliance R&D.

In her free time she enjoys getting outdoors whenever possible. She goes to the indoor climbing wall at least once a week so when she makes it outside to real rock at the weekends she can really go for it. Lucy likes to learn a bit of the language in countries she visits.

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Maggie Tomlinson

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 partner and friends.

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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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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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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. She is a keen musician and particularly enjoys playing Alto Sax in the Loughborough Concert Band and playing the piano at home.

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Sairah Vivian

Finance Manager, Nottingham

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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Sebastian Reader

Recruiter, Reading

Sebastian manages a range of sensory and consumer projects, from moderating qualitative focus groups and training sensory panels to running quantitative consumer studies. 

Outside work Sebastian composes his own music and plays guitar, bass and piano (badly). He writes screenplays, fiction and film reviews. He's sold three screenplays and will set his next film in a sensory research facility

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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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Vicky Gerrard

Project Manager, Reading

As Project Manager, Vicky liaises with clients and colleagues to manage consumer research studies on a variety of products.

She spends her free time in HIIT gym classes and enjoys visiting her friends and family. Vicky is also a keen baker and likes to test her experimental bakes on colleagues. When she can, Vicky loves to go skiing and hopes to get back into racing soon.

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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

Technician, Nottingham

Weronika's days usually start before sunrise and see her preparing samples for our regular personal care panels to use and evaluate before they head off for their day at work.

Weronika 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 rabbit Dopey.

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Zenia Jappinen

Project Manager, Nottingham

As a Project Manager in the Home and Personal Care team, Zenia is responsible for managing and coordinating consumer testing. Her role involves guiding clients within the industry on sensory and consumer research and offering sensory support on bespoke projects.

During her spare time you will find Zenia chatting with her family in Kenya enjoying the sunshine! She is always on the lookout for new things to do and organising get-together’s with friends and family. She also enjoys spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking up new recipes and baking at weekends.

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