Abdul Quddus is one of two employees elected to the board following the launch last April of a joint venture between MAXIMUS and Remploy
A Bradford man has catapulted on to the board of Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled people, just two years after he joined the company as an employment advisor.
Abdul Quddus, aged 49 who is known simply as Quddus, is one of two employees elected to the board following the launch last April of a joint venture between MAXIMUS, an international provider of health and employment services, and Remploy employees, which saw Remploy leave government ownership.
The employees have a 30 per cent stake in the business and Quddus is one of four employee-elected trustees who with one company nominated trustee form an Employee Benefit Trust, which manages employees’ shareholding.
Quddus lives in the Girlington area of Bradford and has worked at Remploy’s branch in Bank Street in the city since April 2013, helping disabled and disadvantaged people to find and stay in work.
He admitted to being both shocked and immensely proud by his sudden elevation to the boardroom. “I was very nervous when I attended my first board meeting,” he said. “But everyone went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. It was such an honour but also a huge responsibility. I didn’t want to let down my colleagues who have elected me to represent them and ensure their voice is heard.”
Quddus, who previously worked for Bradford City Council as a work skills advisor and in his spare time is involved in charity initiatives to help homeless people, said his first board meeting also provided an insight into the level of commitment and dedication required to run a company like Remploy.
“I’ve been involved in formal meetings before through my role as a school governor and as a charity worker. But this was something completely new. It was professional and slick but what really shone through was a passion for the business to succeed,” he said
The new company structure at Remploy means that any employee has the potential to be elected to the company’s main board.
Beth Carruthers, Remploy’s chief executive said: “Our model of employee ownership gives employees a significant say in the strategic direction of the business and also rewards success through profit sharing.
“Arguably, the most important element of the creation of a joint venture with MAXIMUS is the written guarantee that Remploy’s mission, brand and shareholding allocations can only be changed with the agreement of the employees.”
The innovative ownership model also allows employees to have a voice at every level of Remploy’s business through a network of local representatives and an elected national council.
Mrs Carruthers added: “Remploy is proud to be an employee owned business. We strongly believe that the success of our business is down to the passion and commitment of our employees. Their ownership supports a culture of excellent customer service, innovation and creativity. It will ensure Remploy continues to be a successful business, driven by its social mission to support disabled people into work and help them stay there.”
Picture caption: Abdul Quddus
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Notes to Editors:
- Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
- Since 2010, Remploy has found almost 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
- Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
- Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
- It invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
- On 7 April 2015, Remploy left government ownership in a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia