Passionate about social impact, rooted in the rigour of research.

Bean Research Ltd was set up by Charlotte Turner in 2012, following senior roles in Ipsos MORI and Business in the Community.

Bean’s work is underpinned by rigorous research techniques – providing information and insight for clients from market intelligence to support new project development or understanding how well an existing initiative or programme is performing. With extensive practitioner experience, we specialise in delivering clear, concise findings for clients and delivering not just a strategy or a report but tangible outcomes that can be implemented in practice. We have particular expertise in providing research for communication and campaigning.

Each project is different and we will use a variety of methods to answer the questions our clients pose. We help clients create a theory of change, develop and evaluation frameworks alongside key stakeholders, and conduct impact assessment, including Social Return on Investment (SROI). We conduct primary research from large scale quantitative surveys, one-to-one interviews and focus groups. We also undertake desk research, competitor analysis and benchmarking.

Bean Research has a wide network and, when needed, uses its connections to bring together the best team. We enjoy working collaboratively and often partner with other consultants and organisations such as the Giving Department and Cranfield University.  Alongside our core research based activity we are able to provide flexible support where needed including the ability to integrate quickly into existing projects – someone who has in-depth understanding of the industry yet can bring a fresh perspective; or as a flexible ‘extra pair of hands’ to provide additional capacity to in-house teams.

Organisations we work with

The Team

Charlotte Turner

Charlotte Turner


Charlotte has worked in research and communication on behalf of the private, public and charity sectors for 25 years. Prior to setting up Bean Research, she was Research Director at Business in the Community where her work ranged from conducting stakeholder reviews for major multi-national businesses to managing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility; and before that a Director of Corporate Reputation and CSR research at Ipsos MORI.

Charlotte is an Associate of Cranfield School of Management (Sustainability Network), a member of Social Value UK, a Life Fellow of the RSA and a mother of two teenage children.

Steph Hagan



Steph is a consultant and associate of Bean Research. She has 20 years’ experience in the private and not-for profit sectors, including 14 years’ in corporate responsibility, most recently for Business in the Community (BITC). She specialises in using a wide range of primary research to create content that clients need – from briefing materials, to presentations and reports – to help them develop and/or evaluate their programmes. She has particular expertise in cross-sector partnerships and impact evaluation of social programmes. Since leaving BITC in 2014, she has pursued her passion for history and archival research, and also works as a researcher for Sticks Research Agency, one of the UK’s leading historical research organisations.

Harriet Brooker


Research Assistant

Harriet joined Bean Research in 2018, having completed her Masters in History at The University of Sheffield. She supports the team, works with clients on monitoring and ensures Bean Research’s projects stay on track.