Not-for-profit social enterprise

The Better Hiring Institute is a not-for-profit social enterprise driving the development of a modern, agile UK labour market accelerating the post-COVID economic recovery. Working closely with all the major UK industries, The Better Hiring Institute is driving standardisation, best practice, and digital innovation to reduce hiring times, enable portability, and improve safeguarding. Cross-industry themes include digital standardised referencing, open banking, digital right to work checks, education credentialing, and digital identity. The Better Hiring Institute is already working with many of the UK's largest, household names.

Independent body led by industry experts

We are an independent body which includes experts, advisors, and industry, bringing together existing frameworks, standards, best practice and developing frameworks where they do not exist. This is with the view to harmonising and modernising hiring in the UK labour market. In collaboration with UK Government, we have created The Better Hiring Institute to promote safe recruitment across all sectors including tackling various recruitment fraud, which has increased during COVID. We are championing digital solutions to enable truly remote recruitment as many businesses will operate this way in future, developing best practice, and bring about standardisation of recruitment practice both within and across sectors.

Helping companies

The Better Hiring Institute provides information and advice to hiring companies to enable them to recruit people safely, securely, quickly and in a consistent way. We are a key advisory group to Government departments on any aspect of hiring, safeguarding, recruitment for the UK labour market. Our Advisory Board brings together key organisations who specialise in specific aspects of hiring, labour market compliance, and worker welfare.

Supporting a range of sectors

We host sub-committees for every major UK industry with some of the most well-known organisations from each sector. If you would like to join the industry sub-committee for your sector and help to shape the future hiring practice in the UK, advise UK Government, and gain insights from experts in fields as diverse as digital identity and right to work and other thought leaders in the sector, get in touch below.

The Better Hiring Institute exists to transform the UK labour market by bringing in a revolution in the way the UK hires staff. This supports the UK Government's aspiration for a modern agile labour market, that is built on strong foundations.
We will initially be driving the post-COVID UK recovery by streamlining and modernising hiring across all sectors and industries.

Advisory board members

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Dr Suzanne Smith
Executive Director
Dr Suzanne Smith has specialised in safeguarding for 30 years.  Most of her career has been with the NHS apart from 5 years at the University of Huddersfield where she completed her PhD focusing on child protection. In 2017 Suzanne joined the Disclosure and Barring Service where she is now Executive Director of Barring and Safeguarding.
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Jon Hall
Senior Academic
The Open University
Jon is an organisational problem solver whose research portfolio is in use at some of the world's largest organisations. He drives business support projects and national policy strategy groups in Digital Skills from the Open University, where he is a senior academic. He is a recognised leader in Digital, IT, Security and Education and writes a regular column on leadership for his Chartered Institute.
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Keith Rosser
Reed Screening
Keith is a Group Director of the world's largest family owned recruitment business, Reed, and is Director of Reed Screening, a large pre-employment vetting business within the group. Keith has over 5 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director, both at Disclosure Scotland an executive agency of Scottish Government and Glasgow Clyde College. Keith has been the Chair of SAFERjobs for over 10 years, a charity founded by the Metropolitan Police that tackles labour market exploitation targeting vulnerable workers, as well as the Chair of the first cross-Government committee on the flexible labour market, the Association of Compliance Organisations (ASCOR). Keith was appointed to the Advisory Panel on UK Government's response to the Good Work Plan, advised the Name Blind committee chaired by then Prime Minister, David Cameron, and received a Commendation Award from Home Office for services to the labour market in 2018. Keith also Chairs several trade bodies and industry committees within the labour market, including the Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB). Keith is also an Advisory Board Member at Cifas, the UK's leading fraud sharing database, and Chair of Release Scotland which works with Scottish Government on criminal record reforms.
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Mike Haley
Chief Executive
Since being appointed Chief Executive at Cifas in May 2018, Mike has actively worked to grow the community of stakeholders sharing data, intelligence and insight in the pursuit of preventing fraud and financial crime. Mike is passionate about Cifas becoming the driving force behind fraud prevention in the UK and with over 30 years’ experience of tackling and preventing fraud across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, he is determined to bring together a strong cross-sectoral collaborative approach to tackling fraud.  With a Master’s Degree in Criminology, Mike has led investigative teams in the National Health Service, Ministry of Defence, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue and Customs and Solicitors Regulation Authority.  He has also worked at the National Fraud Authority directing cross sector fraud prevention strategies. Mike believes that the battle against fraud is one that cannot be won alone and by collaborating as a community, we can be relentless in our effort to put the spotlight on fraud and not only protect each other but also make the UK a safer place to live and do business.
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Philip M.J. Graham
Digital Programme Director Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Philip is a Digital Programme Director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTH) and has held senior posts in healthcare technology for over twenty years including Chief Information Officer, or equivalent. He has also managed an operational Division of the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as an Associate Director of Operations, his responsibilities at that time included Accident and Emergency, Intensive Care, Pharmacy and Diagnostics.

Philip is currently working with NHSX on various commissions to BTH: One on Digital Child Health and electronic patient records and the other involving Digital Identity and Digital Passports (Wallets). He has been working closely with NHSX for over two years and his work involves wider government and industry groups. During the Covid 19 pandemic he has been working on an NHS Digital Staff Passport to enable the movement of staff using modern technologies that put the individual in control.
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Alison McDowell
Co-Founder and Director
Beruku Advisory
Alison McDowell is a Co-Founder and Director at Beruku Advisory, providing end-to-end strategic advice on digital trust, identity and personal data. Most recently, Alison has been working with the U.K. government on the development of a digital identity ecosystem. She advises DCMS on market development, regulation, policy and attribute sharing. She also works with investors and commercial providers, helping them to understand the legal, regulatory and commercial landscape for identity solutions in the UK and internationally.

Before working with Beruku, Alison spent 20 years in financial services, as a consultant and in senior commercial leadership roles in both banking and insurance. She has also been an HR Director and led talent management, organisational capability and culture projects across a range of sectors. She has worked with firms around the globe, from impact investors and FinTechs in Southeast Asia and Africa to some of the largest global banks and pharmaceuticals in the US and Europe.  
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