Dr Phil Friend, OBE, FRSA, RiDC Chair

Phil Friend is a wheelchair user and has been involved in disability employment and customer service issues since 1986.

After an extremely successful career in the public sector; he founded Phil & Friends Ltd to promote the issue of disability within the business community. At grass roots level, he is very active within voluntary organisations that deal with disability issues and was awarded an OBE in 2001 and an honorary doctorate in 2009, both for service to disability and equal opportunities.

Phil is a former chair of RADAR and of Disability Rights UK, a vice president of Level Playing Field, a trustee of Activity Alliance (formerly the English Federation for Disability Sport) and an associate of business disability international, a Winston Churchill Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Phil has developed and delivered speeches, seminars and workshops on a wide range of topics related to disability and equal opportunities across the world. He has collaborated on programmes for radio and television and on training DVDs. He has written a number of published articles and is the co-author of Why are you pretending to be normal?, a book that focuses on unleashing disabled talent.