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Neil Carberry

Chief Executive

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Neil 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 a Director and former 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

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.

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