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  • Tuesday, 8 March 2016
  • Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Compliance Conference

This event will be held 8th March 2016  8:30am - 1:00pm at 33 Old Broad St LloydsBank, London EC2N 1HW 

What’s in it for me?

Let’s face it recruitment industry legislation is becoming more and more complex, however, with the right advice, this can be turned into a competitive advantage. This Conference will show you how.

Legislation and compliance is continually changing and becoming increasingly complicated. The penalties for recruiters could be facing legal action both in the UK and increasingly overseas. It is more essential than ever to ensure you are totally up to date with Compliance where ever you operate. You don’t want to be shut down or imprisoned and this is really happening to agency owners.

Who should attend?

This bespoke forum will feature experienced Legal and Compliance Directors alongside business enhancing service providers each offering their advice and opinions. Therefore it is applicable for every recruitment company to send their compliance professionals along. MD's from the leading SME’s are also encouraged to attend!


Against a back drop of growing markets and fast paced business we will help you keep on top of everything so make sure you don’t miss out. Come along on 8th March and hear from our advisers as well as recruitment agencies working currently in the toughest markets. 

Julia Kermode, FCSA Chief Executive

Julia Kermode joined the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) as CEO in April 2014.  She has 15 years of experience and expertise in association membership, representing members and lobbying for their needs to be considered by policymakers.

Julia started her career in medical professional bodies and her most recent roles have been as chief executive at a variety of non-profit organisations.  After a brief spell away from professional membership bodies, Julia decided to return to this unique sector, where she is now relishing the challenge of driving FCSA’s future success. 

In particular, Julia is a strong advocate for role of the flexible workforce in economic recovery, and ensuring that Government recognises the value of freelancers and contractors.  Given the raft of changes and political developments set to impact on the contractor management sector, there is still much work to be done! 

Louise Rayner
Founder - NumberMill Consulting & NumberMill Accounting

Louise Rayner is an independent compliance consultant specialising in supporting the recruitment sector.  Louise has more than 20 years experience working in the recruitment and outsourcing sectors and has held director level positions at Adecco, Randstad, RSM Tenon  and JSA (Umbrella & Ltd Co).     At Adecco, Louise was heavily involved in the implementation of the Travel & Subsistence scheme for more than 35,000 contractors and understands, first hand, the challenge of balancing commercial, operational and compliant forces.  
As a qualified ACCA accountant and an MBA from the prestigious Cass university, she has a keen interest in compliance and risk management.  This unusually commercial & operational background,  combined with her experience of SOX, accreditations, relevant legislation (including dispensation management, AWR, pensions, employment), from both a supplier and agency point of view, give her a unique insight that differentiates her from other advisers in the sector. 

Her specialities include;
Business restructuring, turnaround, refinancing
Business development & Sales leadership
Financial expertise, control, treasury management, bank covenants, funding
Compliance (including SOX & relevant industry legislation, AWR, Pensions auto-enrolment)
Strategy, governance, operations
Business planning, budgets & forecasting
High level pricing negotiations
Automation and systems implementation
NED support

Adrian Marlowe – Managing director, Lawspeed; Chairman of ARC and Director of SiR

360 degrees on the compliance landscape for recruitment.

Adrian will present some solutions and a wealth of information on tax relief on expenses, IR35, recruitment process, and how to demonstrate your compliance credentials.

Adrian is recognised as one of the UK’s leading lawyers specialising in the recruitment industry. Founder and managing director of Lawspeed, chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) and founder and director of Standards in Recruitment (SiR).

Adrian qualified as a solicitor in 1978 gaining wide ranging litigation and commercial experience as partner in three firms. In 1997 he set up Lawspeed as a specialist legal and compliance adviser to the recruitment industry, devising new forms of commercial contracts and support for agencies and umbrella companies. Adrian’s work includes the first IR35 friendly contracts, and he is architect of the limited company opt out. Set up the ARC in 2009 to provide a membership service for lobbying and support information/services for recruitment businesses, track record of success on changing the Agency Worker Regulations, Employment Tribunal rules. Following a 3 year gestation period with a hirer/agency stakeholder group, set up Standards in Recruitment (SiR) in 2015 as a universally applicable independent accreditation to identify and promote quality recruitment businesses."

Adrian regularly speaks at seminars and events related to recruitment law and all related operational aspects including long term strategy.

Ben Stoneham - CEO - NowWeComply

Ben Stoneham has more than 10 years experience in the business of on-demand software-from-the-cloud. He specialises in the architecture of high-availability search and workflow automation platforms for the staffing sector and has helped hundreds of UK staffing businesses over the past decade to help them get the most out of the technology they use.

Panel Section

Terry Hillier
RACS Group - Founder & Managing Director

Terry formed RACS Group in 1998 and is one of the most recognisable and influential figures in the recruitment industry. Innovative and inspirational in equal measure, Terry has inspired RACS Group to its current position as one of the UK’s leading, independent payroll providers and a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 company.  ​The company now employs 90 + full-time staff at its Wiltshire-based head office and has a national business development network across the UK.

Terry leads RACS Group’s compliance strategy ensuring the company remains at the forefront of legislative change and best practice.  Committed to transparency at all levels, he is responsible for RACS Group’s impeccable compliance credentials and managing RACS Group’s relationships with industry trade body and audit standards.  Terry is also an active member of the PRISM executive committee and serves as a Governor for various schools. He is happily married and has three young children.

Jeni Howard - business improvement manager at Scantec Personnel 

Howard has been in recruitment for six years. She is a PRINCE2 practitioner, lead auditor and is IOSH certified.

Her background is in process and performance improvement in the civil service and multi-national fields. Howard focusses on business process improvement, through compliance, business intelligence and tech projects.

Her specialism is in improving business performance. She says that compliance acts as the foundation that allows other improvements to be made. 

Leah Seltzer – Group Head of Quality and Compliance for New Directions

Leah is the Group Head of Quality and Compliance for New Directions, first joining in 2006. New Directions is a group of companies who provide recruitment and training services across the UK. The business was founded in 1994 and now operates across a number of sectors Leah has worked within the organisation for 9 years implementing policies and procedures that ensure safeguarding is a priority for all of the companies we work in partnership with. In her current role, Leah is responsible for the quality and compliance of over 4,000 temporary workers across the Education, Social Care, Domiciliary Care, Pharmaceutical and Commercial recruitment sectors. Specialities include risk management and governance, quality assurance, automation and process implementation. Leah is a graduate of Cardiff University and a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner. In 2013 Leah was shortlisted as a finalist in the Leading Wales Awards.

Belinda Brooke - Director of Legal & HR at Morgan Hunt Recruitment 

Belinda Brooke is Director of Legal & HR at Morgan Hunt Recruitment and a solicitor with 20 years recruitment experience. Most recently, Belinda spent 7 years at Page Group as their Legal Director looking after the legal, compliance and employment HR issues for the UK, Middle East, South Africa and North America offices.  Prior to that, after 4 years in private practice, Belinda spent 11 years in legal roles at the REC including Head of Legal Policy and latterly Head of Legal Services. One of her key roles while there was to represent the industry to the Government during its many campaigns to implement new legislation affecting the recruitment industry. In particular, Belinda was directly involved throughout the 5 years of intense industry lobbying before to the 2003 Conduct Regulations came into force, as well as the early lobbying around the Agency Workers Directive, the run up to the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations and the Gangmaster licensing legislation.  While at the REC, Belinda sat on the board of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Stewart McCoy - Operations Director - Randstad Education
Chair - REC Education Sector Group

Stewart first joined recruitment in 1999 as an education consultant and 17 years later continues to work in an operational capacity in the same sector. In 2012 he was elected by members of the REC sector group as chair, representing the sector and members both in the media and at REC. Stewart has been involved in governmental lobbying, during the run up to AWR in 2010/11 and beyond and recently contributing insight and feedback within the DfE directly to aides of the Secretary of State for Education on how schools engage with agencies on, pricing, statutory guidelines and the conduct regulations. More recently taking part in additional consultation on the teacher supply crisis. 

At Randstad Education Stewart is responsible for driving delivery for the strategic outcomes of the business which includes the effective implementation of new compliance regulation, as well as finding ways to improve business process so that compliance is not a barrier to business success in an increasingly competitive market. He works has implemented DBS, online screen processes and a centralised compliance function to achieve a faster, response to market for one of the largest recruiters in the country. 

"At the heart of what we do in the education sector there are your children, and the children of those close to you. Compliance is not just a tick-box exercise and I'm looking forward to attending the conference and contributing positively to an important agenda as a panel member" 

Ticket: £90 + VAT for recruiters and £150 plus VAT for suppliers.

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