The Sir William Beveridge Foundation is a UK-registered charity that was founded in 2006 by Rahman Jilani. The Head Office is based in London UK and it has an operations office in Dhaka, Bangladesh that was established in 2007.

A Management Board oversees the administration and financial activities in conjunction with the Executive Director who is responsible for the overall management of the whole organisation. The Head of Operations in the Dhaka office is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Foundation’s practical projects in that country.

The Foundation’s Dhaka office was established in the heart of the city in 2007. It has approval to operate from the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Government of Bangladesh. There are 41 permanent staff at the office with a number of co-ordinators and supervisors covering the work of care staff and other staff such as those employed at the Beveridge Foundation School for Children situated in the city.

The Foundation opened a satellite office in Sylhet, Bangladesh in January 2012 and has started a homecare operation in the city and surrounding districts based on experience gained with the service in Dhaka.

The Management Board exercises all the powers of the Foundation as laid out in the Memorandum of Association. The Board members and trustees bring experience, knowledge and standing that is compatible with the aims of the Foundation and provide valuable input into its effective management. The Executive Director of the Foundation reports directly to the Management Board.

Management Board:

Professor Alan Lee Williams OBE, Chair
Maruf  Ahmed Choudhary
Michael O’Keefe
Dr Hafiz TA Khan
Enam Huq
David J Hughes

Professor Alan Lee Williams OBE
Chair

Professor Alan Lee Williams OBEAlan was a UK Member of Parliament in the 1960s and 70s; Secretary General of the English

Alan was a UK Member of Parliament in the 1960s and 70s; Secretary General of the English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth 1979-86; Warden and Chief Executive at Toynbee Hall in the East End of London 1986-92. He is currently Visiting Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University, London; Honorary President of the City of London College and Chair of Majlish Homecare Services

“The proposals in William Beveridge’s 1942 Report formed the basis of a consensus across the political divide culminating in the formation of the Welfare State” says Alan. “Some of the ‘giants’ that Beveridge identified have been slain but others remain to be tackled. For me, these others include racism, drugs, crime, sink schools on housing estates, social care and care for the elderly.

Rahman Jilani
Executive Director and Founder

jilanivRahman is Director and Head of Services at Majlish Homecare Services that has been providing culturally appropriate homecare in the East End of London for over 10 years and is Founder of the Sir William Beveridge Foundation. Born and educated in Bangladesh, gaining two degrees including an MA in Public Administration, Rahman moved to the UK where he undertook further studies to become a qualified social worker. From 1983-2004 he was Deputy Warden at Toynbee Hall in East London and Director of Education in Toynbee’s Asian Studies Department. He writes regularly for newspapers in Bangladesh and various publications in London.

“I had been aware of Sir William Beveridge and his ideas before I arrived in Britain,” says Rahman. “Through my work in the years since I made it my home, I have come to appreciate even more just what a great visionary he was. His 1942 report heralded a new approach to the meaning and quality of life in Britain and it provided people with the means to improve their own lives that in turn benefited our society. While his vision has provided a blueprint for a fairer and more caring society in Britain, I believe it can also be pursued in other countries. If they adopted such an approach then we would have a much happier world.”

Maj Gen (ret’d) Jiban Kanai Das
Head of Operations (Bangladesh)

Head of Operations, BangladeshJiban has a Master’s degree in Defence Studies after studying in Bangladesh. During 36 years of service to his country, he held a number of senior positions including Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies; Commandant, Bangladesh Ordnance Factories; Quarter Master General, Bangladesh Army and, for a time, served as an advisor in the office of the Bangladesh Prime Minster. His training and study activities during his distinguished career took him to the UK, Malyasia, China and Thailand.

Members:

Maruf Ahmed Chowdhury

Maruf Ahmed ChowdhuryMaruf was born and educated in Bangladesh gaining a Bachelor of Commerce with honours from Dhaka University, a Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Law. He came to the UK in 1987 and currently holds the position of Loan Fund Manager at the East London Small Business Centre in East London. His role includes management of the Muslim Loan Fund and he provides specialist advice to the catering sector.

Michael O’Keefe

Michael O'KeefeMichael retired from a successful career in public service as a senior police officer a few years ago and now owns a thriving speedboat business in central London. During his 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Michael was a keen supporter of the South Asian communities and headed an operation to tackle serious and organised crime in those very vulnerable groups. He hopes to continue his work within the voluntary sector by helping to challenge ignorance and help vulnerable groups wherever they need it.

Dr Hafiz TA Khan

Dr Hafiz TA KhanDr. Hafiz Khan is a senior lecturer in Applied Statistics at Middlesex University Business School in London, UK (www.mdx.ac.uk). He is also visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford (www.ageing.ox.ac.uk). Dr. Khan earned a PhD in Applied Statistics from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK in 1996. He has published a number of articles in academic journals, book chapters and as working papers.  He has co-authored a text book on ‘Research Methods for business and Social Science Students’ (J Adams; HTA Khan, R Raeside and D White), Sage, September 2007. Dr. Khan has particular interest in population ageing and health issues in Asia and its long-term care and support provisions. He is also actively involved in British charities for voluntary activities such as founding Chair of the Multi-Community Research Initiative in Oxfordshire and local authority Governor at The Cherwell School in Oxford.

Enam Huq

Enam HuqEnam was born and spent his early life in Comilla, Bangladesh. He received a B.Com (Hons) Degree in 1972 from the University of Dhaka. In 1974 he went to the UK and studied chartered accounting, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1982. After establishing and running an accountancy practice he became a successful businessman in real estate and developed a property portfolio. Enam’s wife is a GP; his eldest son is a doctor and another son is a student at the London School of Economics.

David J Hughes

David joined Pozzoni LLP in 1984 after 4 years previous experience in Local Authority and Private Practice.  Made a Partner in 1989, he has been Senior Partner since 2007.  The 70-strong Practice is based in Altrincham, South Manchester and specialises in several sectors of the built environment especially social housing, older persons’ schemes, leisure centres, schools and universities. He has been involved with various forms of housing for older people since his qualification in 1983 and has particularly driven the debate on appropriate design for dementia in recent years.  This has resulted in several innovative schemes designed by the Practice, culminating in 2008 with a Pinders / Caring Times National Care Award for best new ‘traditional’ Care Home in the UK and the Design & Health International Academy Award for ‘Best Elderly Care Project Worldwide’ in 2010.

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