About Us

Our Story

We’re a friendly group of HR specialists and technical gurus who are passionate about performance management. We started life in 2006 as an HR consultancy specialising in performance and talent management, helping organisations to design and implement processes which genuinely improve performance.

It wasn’t long before our clients were asking us if we could help them to take their performance management online. So in 2008 we built our own performance management system called Vaado which enabled employee objectives, personal development plans and performance appraisals to be managed online. Since then, Vaado has helped thousands of employees to deliver hundreds of thousands of objectives.

By 2014, the performance management landscape had started to change and leading organisations were starting to place emphasis on regular performance conversations and frequent feedback, rather than relying on a traditional once-a-year appraisal. We wanted our performance management system to reflect this change in approach. So we got to work and completely re-built Vaado.

In 2015 we officially launched our new and improved performance management software which we re-named Clear Review. It encourages year-round performance management, works brilliantly across all modern browsers including tablets and smartphones and is 100% cloud-based.

Our Founders

Stuart Hearn

Founder and CEO

Stuart is a performance management specialist with 20 years experience in human resources, both as an HR Director and HR/OD Consultant. He has spent the last 10 years working with organisations to improve their performance management processes and implement online systems.

Prior to this, Stuart held in-house HR roles for well-known organisations including Boots, BP, United Biscuits and Sony where he was International HR Director for their Music Publishing division.

Stuart holds a BA (hons) in Human Resources Management and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development).

Mark Henwood

Founder and CTO

Mark has worked in programming for over 20 years and is a specialist in open source technologies such as Python and Django. He is one of the UK’s leading proponents of leading-edge, cloud-based and mobile-responsive computing practices, which he has successfully implemented at Clear Review along with the latest automated testing processes.

Prior to joining Clear Review, Mark was Head of Development at Glasses Direct, Europe’s largest online prescription eyewear store.