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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

The new REC Board

In 2020 members of the REC voted to approve REC Council recommendations on modernising how the REC is run. This included making space for a more diverse range of talent and experience, creating four new Non-Executive Director positions appointed from outside the recruitment industry.

The members of the board are:

  • Sarah Thewlis (Chairperson), Managing Director, Thewlis Graham Associates
  • Dr. Gopa Nair, CEO - Leo and Mia Foundation & Group Head of CSR, XA Group
  • Heather Salway, Director, Jump Advisory
  • Jane Rumble, Interim Deputy Group Director, Consumer and External Relations Group, Ofcom
  • Jeanette Barrowcliffe, Finance Director, Meridian Business Support
  • Jon Sibson, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Faculty of Business, the University of Greenwich.
  • Mark Edwards, Chief Executive, SERT
  • Michelle Mellor, Managing Director, Cummins Mellor
  • Neil Carberry, Chief Executive, Recruitment and Employment Confederation
  • Sakhila Mirza, Executive Board Director and General Counsel, London Bullion Market Association
  • Simone Payne, CEO, 4myschools

Corporate Director Board Elections

How are the nominees decided?

You will receive an email from Civica Election Services (CES) who are administering the 2021 election, and from here you will be able to nominate yourself to stand. Anyone who works for corporate a member of the REC, and has approval from their main company contact, is eligible to put themselves forward. 

Nominations open on Monday 26 April 2021 and will close on Monday 17 May 2021 at 12:00PM


How do I vote for the REC Council Elections 2021?

You will receive an email from Civica Election Services (CES) and from here will be able to click on the link sent to vote and view the candidate’s information. The link you receive is unique and it should not be forwarded on to anyone else. You can then select your candidate and cast your vote.

Voting opens Friday 28 May 2021

When is the deadline to vote?

Voting closes on Monday 21 June 2021 at 5:00PM

Can I vote by email?

No, you can't vote by email. You will receive an email from Civica Election Services (CES) with a unique link to vote. If you have only provided us with a generic email address such as “info@” or “enquiries@”, please send us an email to to provide us with the direct contact details for your main corporate company contact to ensure you don’t miss out on your chance to vote in the council elections.

Can I vote for both corporate and individual directors?

No, there are no vacancies this year for any individual director positions.

How do corporate members vote?

If you are a corporate member of the REC, you are entitled to one vote per company, and we will be sending all voting information to the main contact email address you have provided to us.

When will the results be announced?

The elected results will be announced in our Annual General Meeting, which will be held virtually on Wednesday 23 June 2021

Click here to register your place at the AGM.

Governance Committees

Our board is guided by recommendations from four committees.

Remuneration and Appointments Committee 

The Remuneration and Appointments Committee oversees appointments, performance and remuneration policy in relation to the Board, non-executives and staff of the REC; it makes recommendations to the Board on these matters.

Audit and Risk Committee

The role of the Audit and Risk Committee is to provide external advice and expertise to inform the REC management of risk and audit, providing advice to the management team.

The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for overseeing financial reporting process, audit process, risk management, internal controls and governance arrangements.

REC members who serve on the Audit and Risk Committee carry the same responsibilities and are able to bring their sector perspective to the work of the Committee.

Employment Policy Committee

The REC’s Employment Policy Committee is a forum for REC members to review government policy, its impact on recruitment businesses and inform the campaign priorities of the REC. Stakeholders from government and public policy are regularly invited to join meetings of this committee to present updates and hear feedback from members.

Membership of the committee is only open to REC members.

The committee meets quarterly, either in person or virtually.

For more information and to get involved as an REC member, please contact

Professional Standards Committee

The REC Council has delegated authority to the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) to consider complaints and evidence of non-compliance with respect of the REC Codes by any REC member.

The PSC can also impose disciplinary sanctions against those investigated.

The PSC has full power to investigate complaints against members in whatever manner it deems appropriate.

Find out more about making a complaint and the investigation process.

Professional Standards Committee Member Application


The REC is looking for a new committee member to join its Professional Standards Committee

Eligible applicants will be:

  • Running a recruitment agency that is a REC Corporate Member
  • Working at a senior level within a REC Corporate Member agency

Experience & Skills Required: 

Sound knowledge of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 and good working practice in terms of candidate care, client care and administration of the recruitment process. 
Committed to the highest standards of conduct and compliance and should be able to demonstrate your involvement in promoting and implementing best practice in the operation of a recruitment business. 
Experience of committee or working group meetings advantageous but not essential. 

As a member of the PSC you will be required to attend quarterly meetings held at the REC office or virtually (usually March, June, September and December). This will require spending time outside of meetings reviewing case papers. 

You can find more information here.

Applications should be supported by a full application form demonstrating how you meet the specific requirements for the role.

Applications close: **NOW CLOSED**

If you would like a discussion before submitting an application please contact us on 020 7009 2100 or email Michelle Bahar.

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REC Articles of Association


REC Members can download the full REC Articles of Association, covering the rules around membership and our governance structure.

These Articles were approved at the AGM on 24 June.