Board of Directors
Akbar Piloti - Chair
Akbar Piloti is the President and General Manager of MAXIMUS Human Services, overseeing worldwide Child Support Services, Child Care, Child Welfare, Workforce Services, and Tax Credit and Employer Services.
Akbar, who has led the expansion of MAXIMUS services in Australia and the UK has been with MAXIMUS since 1989, and has held several senior leadership roles including President of the Workforce Services Division from 2000 to 2006 and Chief Operating Officer 2006 to 2007.
His degree is from Kabul University, Afghanistan and he has an MBA from the University of Phoenix in Los Angeles, California.
Gareth Parry - Chief Executive
Gareth joined Remploy in July 1988 and has since progressed through the organisation in many different roles, culminating in being appointed as Chief Executive in May 2016. His career in the business has helped establish him as one of the UK's leading practitioners in the field of disability and employment, often working closely with Government departments on policy and strategy matters.
During Remploy's transisiton from public to private ownership in April 2015 Gareth took a leading role in promoting and establishing employee ownership in Remploy. As such, Gareth is now an active participant in the Employee Ownership sector.
With his track record of working in the field of disability, combined with his own experience of mental health issues, Gareth is passionate about improving the lives of disabled people through sustainable employment.
Gareth has a Social Sciences degree from the University of Hertfordshire, specialising in Social Policy.
Beth became Managing Director of MAXIMUS Human Services in the UK in May 2016. Beth's role in MAXIMUS is to lead the growth of the existing business in the portfolio (including Remploy), and to develop new service lines for MAXIMUS in the UK.
Beth joined Remploy in 2000 and was previously Chief Executive, she remains on the board, to provide great continuity for our business. Her previous private sector expertise in programme and change management was used to great effect in leading Remploy's exit from Government ownership in 2015, subsequently establishing Remploy as a significant social business delivering over £300m worth of contracted services.
Beth’s early career was spent in the private sector in Retail, Catering, Manufacturing and Utilities. She has a degree in Education from Glasgow University where she developed a particular interest in Special Educational Needs.
With more than 20 years’ experience in financial operations, Mike became the Director of Finance for MAXIMUS UK in January 2015. Mike is responsible for leading the financial organisation across all four business streams in the UK.
He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has also worked for General Electric. Prior to joining MAXIMUS he was the Divisional Financial Director at Xchanging Plc.
Mike has a degree in Economics from the Nottingham University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Leslie is General Manager MAXIMUS UK and is responsible for all aspects of its business lines in the United Kingdom. Prior to moving to the UK, Leslie held key roles for MAXIMUS in Canada and the USA.
Before joining MAXIMUS in 2006, Leslie worked in government and commercial roles within the health and social services sector in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces. She oversaw large transformational projects within the Ministry of Health, Ministry for Children and Families and WorkSafe BC (formerly known as the Workers' Compensation Board).
Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Guelph, Ontario and is a professional accountant with a Canadian accounting body.
Abdul Quddus, who likes to be known as Quddus, is an Employment Advisor in Remploy’s Bradford branch and an employee-nominated Trustee on the Board of the Remploy Employee Benefit Trust.
He has been with Remploy for three years and has worked at other welfare-to-work organisations for more than a decade. He is passionate about promoting the Remploy Brand and Mission internally and to external stakeholders.
Quddus is chair of a community group which represents local residents and is on the board of two other charitable organisations. In previous employment he was an elected representative of employees with a seat on the board for more than two years.