Neil joins the REC from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where he is currently managing director, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure. He has also been integral to delivering a range of change programmes at the CBI, developing the service CBI offers to its members.
Neil began his career in recruitment, working for financial services firms for a small search firm before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the LSE and joining the CBI in 2004.
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 the chair of a small academy trust.
Commenting on Neil’s appointment, REC chair Chris Moore says:
“It is important to us that our new CEO has a broad awareness of the regulations impacting our industry, a deep understanding of what success looks like in a membership organisation, a genuine passion for our sector, and an appetite for delivering operational excellence.
“Neil impressed the selection panel with his wealth of relevant experience against these criteria, the clarity of his aspirations for the REC, and his natural alignment with our ambitions for the future. I am delighted that Neil will be joining us here at the REC and we all look forward to welcoming him into our organisation, and back into our industry.”
Commenting on his appointment, Neil said:
"It's incredibly exciting to have the chance to lead the REC through the next phase of its development as a voice for the recruitment industry and the fantastic people who work in it.
"As someone who started their career in recruitment, I know the value the sector brings, and how important it is that our members can look to the REC for support.
"Technological innovation, changing demographics, the need to improve social mobility and Brexit will all have huge effects on our sector and the wider economy in the years to come, and I want members of REC and the IRP to be able to rely on a vigorous and renewed organisation that is always in their corner."
Originally from Edinburgh, Neil lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two children. He is a lifelong Heart of Midlothian fan, enjoys playing rugby and coaches his son’s team. He tweets from @Gramscisghost