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Are we all NOW Gigworkers? Part 2


About the distinguished Members of the Panel Discussion planned for 22.4.20 – their bios and their views (to follow)

This Panel Discussion –- planned for 22.04.20 – has, due to Covid-19, now been rescheduled for September. Here, we tell the story of a Panel Discussion that hasn’t yet taken place!  Each Part will be updated as and when new material becomes available. We tell the story in three Parts – each Part being updated as and when new material becomes available.

  • Part 1 – What is gig working. Who are Gigworkers? Can this be measured?
  • Part 2 – Panellists Bios
  • Part 3 – The Future.  Thoughts on what our working world might look like after Covid-19.  Is this the next industrial Revolution?


Sophie White and Eversheds Sutherland

Sophie is a partner in Eversheds Sutherland Human Resources group. She is a highly experienced employment lawyer, who advises clients on complex transactional and contentious matters across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, engineering, real estate, construction, financial services and private equity. Her experience includes: advising on the employment aspects of the IPO of Royal Mail plc, the European restructuring of a US Inc and the closure of UK operations of a European wide manufacturing company. She has written articles on subconscious bias for CIPD online and is the author of chapters on TUPE for Thomson Reuters and Redundancy for Tolleys.



Neil Carberry and the REC

Neil is CEO at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, joining the organisation in June 2018. He began his career in recruitment, working for financial services firms and for a small search firm before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the LSE and joining the CBI in 2004.  He is also a  Non-Exec at ACAS,  Chair of a primary academy trust, a  Member of the World Employment Confederation and a Member of the Low Pay Commission. Neil is also an RFU L2 qualified rugby coach.

The REC  – The Recruitment and Employment Confederation –  www.rec.uk.com  – is the professional body for the UK recruitment industry. “The REC is all about brilliant recruitment” is their mantra – achieved through being the voice of the recruitment industry, championing high standards, speaking up for great recruiters, and helping them grow. The REC provides recruitment businesses with a wide range of training, legal, business and accreditation services and represents businesses through its corporate membership and individuals through the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP). The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) represents the interests of the private recruitment industry to government, business and media in both the UK and Europe.  All corporate members abide by the Code of Professional Practice and individual members abide by the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The REC is Recruitment’s biggest lobbying voice. As a source of knowledge and passionate about raising recruitment standards, the REC is dedicated to developing successful careers in recruitment and is committed to exceeding members’ expectations through business support.


Susan Clews and ACAS

Susan Clews is CEO of ACAS.  Joining ACAS in 2015, Susan was appointed CEO in Dec 2018, and was previously Operations Director, and before that, Strategy Director. Susan sees her role as follows: “I am the chief executive at ACAS and my goal is to lead ACAS in making working life better for everyone in Britain, through practical advice and help with disputes at work. I believe creating great workplace relationships build better engagement and ultimately more successful business – which is good for employees, business and the economy.”

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service – www.acas.org.uk is a Crown non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom. Its purpose is to improve organisations and working life through the promotion and facilitation of strong industrial relations practice.

 Paul Nowak and the TUC

As Deputy General Secretary at the TUC, Paul supports Frances O’Grady in leading the TUC and has been with the TUC for nineteen years. He works with external stakeholders on behalf of the TUC, sits on the board of ACAS and is also responsible for inter-union relations.   The Trades Union Congress – www.tuc.org.uk – is the national trade union centre in the UK, the federation of trade unions in England and Wales, representing the majority of trade unions. There are fifty affiliated unions, with a total of about 5.6 million members.


Charles Russam and Working Free

Charles is Managing Director of  www.DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk and also   www.WorkingFree.co.uk. He established the first mainstream Interim Management Search firm in the UK in 1982 which he sold to the current management in 2014 through an MBI. Russam GMS Ltd has now been rebranded www.russam.co.uk  in August 2019.   Working Free is a specialist career advisory business, supporting senior Director-level Executives coming off the permanent payroll into an independent working lifestyle.  We assert that around half the UK’s working population of 33m are “Self Drive Workers”.  (A sort of massive gig economy – but hugely complex and continuously changing).   We see the move – for a growing number of senior professionals – from Dependency to Independency as a crucial niche in the Career Advisory, Coaching and Outplacement market.


Martin Warren

After 30 years at Eversheds Sutherland, latterly as their Practice Group Head Partner responsible for Labour Relations, Labour Law, Trade Unions and Labour Relations Strategy, Martin Warren now operates as a Specialist Consultant with Eversheds with a focus on his specialist areas. Martin Warren is an experienced labour & employment lawyer, dealing with strikes, industrial action, advice to Corporations re labour relations strategy, Union negotiations, restructuring especially cross border downsizing , executive termination , Union recognition issues, collective bargaining agreements and European Works Councils

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