We drive standards and empower recruitment businesses to build better futures for their candidates and themselves. We are champions of an industry which is fundamental to the strength of the UK economy.
We provide legal advice, business support and training to help recruiters, and we celebrate the individuals involved in this industry, which contributes £38 billion to the UK economy.
REC members are recognised for their professionalism and the value they provide to clients and candidates. If a recruitment agency displays the REC logo, it's a sign of quality. It demonstrates that they have passed our Compliance Test and adhere to our Code of Professional Practice.
We work with recruiters and employers across the UK. Our team includes legal, compliance, policy, qualification and account management experts who have specific experience working with recruiters to help their businesses thrive.
Our leadership team
Neil Carberry, Chief Executive
Neil is the REC's chief executive, joining us in June 2018.
He began his career in recruitment, working for a small search firm specialising in financial services. He went on to do a post-graduate degree in HR at the LSE and joined the CBI in 2004.
Neil was a managing director at the CBI, leading its work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure. He was also integral to delivering a range of change programmes and improving member services.
Neil is a member of the council of the conciliation service ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission, which makes recommendations about the level of the National Minimum Wage. He is also the chair of a small academy trust.
Neil's first hand experience of recruitment and membership makes him ideally placed to lead the REC.
Kate Shoesmith, Director of Sales & Marketing
Kate leads our marketing, sales and customer contact teams at the REC and is on the REC’s executive committee. Leading these teams means Kate gets intelligence of what it's like to be in recruitment from the shopfloor, i.e. directly from our members.
Kate's background is public affairs in employment and skills. She joined the REC in March 2013 having previously been Head of Policy at City & Guilds.
Richard Charnock, Director of Operations
Richard has spent many years in management, with experience in the military, logistics, sales and then recruitment. He joined the REC in 2009 from a role as a front line recruiter and business owner. Whilst at the REC, Richard has demonstrated his passion for the professionalism of the industry as he has been instrumental in designing and implementing the first recruitment qualifications to be accredited by government.
In his present role as the Director of Operations, Richard is focused on ensuring that all REC products work for members, ensuring they receive excellent value for money in an ever-changing market place.
Shazia Ejaz, Head of Communications
Shazia came to the REC as a long standing communications professional. Her experience in government comms as well as a range of business areas plays right into the comms and campaign work she informs as our Head of Communications.
She has most recently worked as part of the project team that developed the REC’s new brand and website and is keen to bring REC research and other content to life in a way that captures the attention of the media and policy stakeholders.
Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Campaigns
Tom Hadley is the Director of Policy and Campaigns at the REC. He and his team lobby key government officials, here and overseas, on a range of employment issues. The team regularly meet with MPs and advise on the labour market. Tom leads campaigns that promote higher ethical standards, including audit schemes, the Diversity Pledge and ensuring the REC Code of Professional Practice always sets the highest possible benchmark for recruitment.
Before joining the REC, Tom worked for the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), for the London-based recruitment consultancy MBA Training Research & Development, the European Commission and the French multi-national company Vivendi.
David Vallance, Director of Finance
David joined the REC in August 2001 as Head of Operations. Three years later he became part of the senior leadership team in 2004 as Director of Finance, taking on additional responsibilities as Company Secretary in 2010.
David’s career in finance spans over 25 years. He has worked for every type of organisation, from non-profits and SMEs to multinational companies. He is CIMA qualified and holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Being a member of the REC means being amongst the best.
Representing a network of more than 3,300 recruitment businesses and 10,500 individual recruiters gives us a unique insight that can help you grow.