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REC shakes up the shape of its board with four new Non-Executive Director vacancies

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The REC is overhauling its governance after getting the backing of its Council and membership in votes earlier in the year.

The current 25-person REC Council serves as both a guide to the organisation's work and its official Board of Directors. Under the new rules the Council will remain as a guide to REC work, but a new 11-member REC Board will take over formal Director duties and will hold the responsibility for ensuring the REC performs as a business.  

The new board will have a majority of elected REC members, with 6 seats, but it will also include four new Non-Executive Directors appointed from outside the industry to bring in different skills to support the REC to better serve recruiters.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said:

“These changes to our governance will help focus the REC on better serving recruiters. The Council was right to propose them to members and I am glad that members supported them so wholeheartedly.

"The new Board will be able to dive deeper into the work we do, challenging me and our REC staff team. The Council will remain in place as a forum for a larger group of members to help shape our core work plan. The ability to bring a minority of Directors from outside the industry to the new Board, based on the skills they have, will help us to innovate.

"Making space for contributions from outside the industry is especially crucial given the economic challenges we all now face. The four new vacancies will bring fresh thinking on technology, inclusion and digital transformation as well as extra resource on financial planning and risk mitigation.

"We want applications from the widest possible pool of talent. A diverse board will give us the edge we need to lead an industry central to rebuilding the economy post pandemic.”

Notes to editors

  1.  The deadline for completed applications is 12 noon on 24 August 2020.
  2. The candidate pack and application form can be found here.
  3. The new board will be appointed and operational in October.
  4.  Members are appointed to the REC Board for a period not exceeding three years. Candidates will be advised of their individual term on appointment.
  5. Re-appointments can be made at the end of the first period of appointment for a further period not exceeding three years.
  6. No person may serve on the Board for longer than an aggregate of six years.
  7. There will also be a new REC Chair appointed in October. The candidate will be voted for by members and will be chosen from the existing Council members.