June 25, 2015 – Co-founder and director of Bespoke Recruitment Ltd., Simon Noakes, has been elected chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) council, replacing Neil Smith. Mr. Noakes has worked in the recruitment industry for 18 years, including 14 years as director of Bespoke Recruitment Ltd. which he co-founded in 2001. Bespoke Recruitment focuses on the recruitment of professionals for the construction, technical and rail sector.
“The REC has an impressive track record and as chair I’m looking forward to helping the organization achieve even more,” said Mr. Noakes. “As the professional body for the industry the REC has a vital role to play in professionalizing recruitment and representing our members’ interests. I’m delighted to take up this role because it means I can help shape an industry that I am passionate about.”
REC chief executive, Kevin Green, said: “The REC has worked with Simon for years; he’s proven he has the ability, enthusiasm and vision to lead the organization and we’re delighted to welcome him as our new chair. We have set ourselves ambitious targets for the next few years. We want to position the REC and our members at the heart of labour market debates, and we will continue to drive up standards in our industry. As chair of our council Simon will play a central part in helping us achieve those goals.”
The election was the first act of the new REC council, following the appointment of six new non-executive directors. Jeannette Barrowcliffe, finance director, Meridian Business Support Ltd., was elected vice chair of the council.
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for the U.K. recruitment industry. The REC represents 3,349 corporate members who have branches across all regions of the United Kingdom. In addition, the REC represents 5,759 individual members within the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media