Meet the team driving Parallel to be the best


Meet the leaders who make Parallel tick. Our consultants are led by industry leaders who make a difference with their wealth of experience.

Global Leadership

  • Managing Director

    Sam Altarafi

    Alongside Steven Went, Sam established Parallel Consulting, a boutique Analytics & Technology recruitment agency in 2004. Sam has always lived by the motto “blame no one, expect nothing, do something”. He knows what it takes to build a successful career in recruitment – a positive attitude, a pro-active approach to work and an expectation that the job will be difficult but very rewarding. Not only has Sam accomplished personal success multiple times throughout his career, but he also has a proven ability to make Consultants into Top Billers & record breakers.

  • CEO

    Steven Went

    With a successful career spanning over 25 years, Steve’s knowledge and experience of the recruitment sector is second to none. Not only has he achieved legendary status in the industry by joining the million-pound biller club but he also has a proven track record of developing outstanding sales teams in 4 different companies. Parallel has been built on his beliefs of hard-work, entrepreneurial thinking and professional values.

UK and Europe Leadership

  • Director, Netherlands

    Matt Hobson

    Over 20 years international recruitment experience, with particular expertise in training and coaching recruiters to become Top Billers. Since joining Parallel in 2016, Matt has helped develop the UK Contract, UK Perm and NYC teams. He now is focussed on the rapid growth and development of the Parallel Netherlands office.

  • Associate Director, Permanent Division, UK & Europe

    Sean Young

    Sean has worked within Data Recruitment since 1997. Sean has built his experience and reputation through his belief in recruiting as a niche specialist. At Parallel, Sean is responsible for the growth and development of our Permanent Analytics department. This division specialises in assisting a variety of Consultancies and End Clients to connect with the very best Data and Analytics professionals throughout the UK, Europe and USA. With live jobs across all levels, we can connect you with a plethora of new and exciting opportunities.

  • Associate Director, Contract Division, UK & Europe

    Parminder Toor

    Having worked in Contract Recruitment since 2006 working his way up the ranks from trainee consultant to Director. Par joined Parallel Consulting and established the European Contract Team that grew in excess of 200% in 2017. The team pride themselves on finding solutions to complex recruitment problems ensuring that our clients and candidates receive the highest levels of service whilst ensuring satisfaction for all parties involved. Currently managing a division focused on the collective goal of becoming the partner of choice for our clients & candidates within our core technology functions across Europe.

North America Leadership

  • Vice President

    John Bevan

    John started as a Trainee Consultant at Parallel Consulting and is now one of the "founding fathers" of Parallel USA, operating as a Vice President alongside Jack Wallace. He operates specifically in the areas of Risk Management, Data Analytics and Data Science and has helped a large percentage of the Fortune 500 expand their teams. With a proactive, resilient approach to his work, John has become an textbook example of what kinds of leaders we want working at Parallel Consulting.