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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

The new REC Board

Earlier this year 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, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Unit Croydon
  • Heather Salway, Group HR Director, nGAGE
  • 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
  • Rebekah Handford, Managing Director, Highpoint
  • Sakhila Mirza, Executive Board Director and General Counsel, London Bullion Market Association

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.

We currently have an opening for a place on the Remuneration and Appointments Committee which will close to applications on 5 November – if you are interested in finding out more please contact

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.

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.

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

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.