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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Our leadership team

Neil Carberry

Chief Executive

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Neil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been Managing Director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure. In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a member of the council of the conciliation service Acas and a former member of the Low Pay Commission, which recommends UK minimum wages. A three-time nominee to the SIA Staffing 100 in Europe, he is also on the board of the World Employment Confederation and a primary academy trust in Oxfordshire. Neil is an RFU qualified rugby coach and is one of the 8000 co-owners who made Heart of Midlothian the UK’s biggest fan-owned football club.

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Kate Shoesmith

Deputy CEO

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Kate has been with the REC since March 2013. She is responsible for the REC’s external engagement strategy and providing a leading voice for our industry. Kate is a spokesperson for the REC, regularly appearing in the UK media and speaking on platforms to talk about the jobs market, employment and skills.  

Kate’s background is in policy and public affairs. Prior to joining REC, she was Head of Policy & Corporate Affairs at City & Guilds. She has been a governor for two London further education colleges and an adviser to a number of external forums, including Business in the Community, UNESCO Education for All, Youth Employment UK and Women in Recruitment.

Richard Charnock

Chief Operating Officer

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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 previous role as the Director of Operations, Richard focused on ensuring that all REC products work for members, ensuring they receive excellent value for money in an ever-changing market place.

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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.

Adam Bolton

Director of Sales



Adam is a membership professional with over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of sectors. He has held a number of senior sales and commercial roles in professional bodies including the Institute of Directors, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Leadership and Management, and the Association of MBAs. He holds the IoD Diploma in Company Direction and is a Fellow of the ILM.

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Shazia Ejaz

Director of Campaigns



Shazia came to the REC as a long-standing communications professional. Her experience in government comms as well as a range of business areas and political campaigns plays right into the comms and campaign work she informs as our Director of Campaigns.  

She  worked as part of the project team that developed the REC’s new brand and website and is keen to  move the needle on key campaigns for REC members using research and other content to capture the attention of the media, government and other stakeholders.

Christian Fowles-Smith

Director of Customer Services



Christian has spent more than 18 years in the recruitment industry and has worked for one of the UK’s largest recruiters, Staffline Group where he progressed to the level of Account Director.  In his time in recruitment he has seen many changes in the industry, and gained experience  across a number of sectors with British Telecom and NatWest Bank. In his previous role at the REC, Christian helped focus down on the needs of our members in the different regions of the UK, something which will continue to be a big part of his role as Director.

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Lorraine Laryea

Director of Recruitment Standards



Lorraine is a solicitor with a background employment law who has been with the REC for 12 years. Lorraine has worked in different roles, initially as a legal and commercial adviser delivering legal advice to members, and supporting both the compliance and policy functions at the REC. More recently she managed the REC’s Legal Helpline function. Lorraine has developed a robust working knowledge of the legal and compliance issues that affect recruiters and is keen to support REC members to be compliant with industry legislation and best practice.

Alasdair Reynolds

Director of Marketing

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Alasdair joined the REC in 2014 as a Communications Advisor and became Head of Marketing & Digital in 2017. He led the REC's rebrand in 2019 and website rebuild in 2020.

As Director of Marketing, Alasdair leads our marketing, digital and research teams. He is focussed on continuing the organisation's digital transformation to improve the customer experience for REC members.   

Alasdair has a degree in English Literature and a post-graduate Diploma in Public Relations.



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