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Barney Ely

Barney Ely

Chair, EM3 Skills Advisory Panel

Director at Hays Human Resources

Barney is Director at Hays Human Resources, the recruiting experts, leading a team of HR consultants across the UK.

Barney also has operational responsibility for Hays offices across the South East of England, with responsibility for teams recruiting experts in over 20 professions, from accountancy and finance to construction, technology, procurement, marketing and education. Across these professional functions, Hays has teams dedicated to public services, not-for-profit and executive recruitment.

He is an active partner to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and attends and presents at business leadership events on various business subjects including skills, labour market trends and talent retention and attraction.

Barney joined Hays in 1993 as a business graduate and has spent his early career recruiting for blue-chip organisations and SMEs.  He lives in Guildford and is a member of the Guildford Symphony Orchestra.

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From 1 April 2024, the responsibility for LEP functions across the Enterprise M3 LEP region has transferred to Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

The Enterprise M3 Board met for the last time in March 2024 and Enterprise M3 LEP is no longer operating as an organisation.

For any enquiries relating to economic development across the counties of Hampshire and Surrey, please visit the Hampshire County Council website and Business Surrey respectively.

Please note that Enterprise M3 LEP staff have transferred to Hampshire County Council to continue to deliver services and activities in Hampshire, including the Growth Hub, the Careers Hub, work on key business sectors, and trade and investment.  
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