David Ruebain’s profile
David is Chief Executive of Equality Challenge Unit
In June 2010, David took up the post of Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit. Prior to that, he was a practicing solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain and before that as a Partner at and founder of the department of Education, Equality and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors. David is a member of the Advisory Group of OFFA (the Office for Fair Access), an equality adviser to the English FA Premier League, a Trustee of ADD (Action on Disability and Development), a member of the Rights & Justice Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a Member of the Editorial Board of Disability and Society journal and a Fellow of the British American Project.
David has published widely and taught nationally and internationally on education, disability and equality law and has been involved in numerous voluntary organisations, drafting Private Members Bills and in making oral representations to Committees of Parliament. He is the past Chair of the Law Society of England and Wale’s Mental Health and Disability Committee; a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Equal Rights Review. He has also been a Short Term Expert to a European Union Twinning Project, an ADR Group Accredited Mediator, a founding member of The Times Newspaper Law Panel, and a past Board Member of Equinet (the European Network of Equality Bodies). He is an alumni of the Top Management Programme at the National School of Government and the Experienced Strategic Leaders Programme at the Windsor Leadership Trust.
David’s publications include: consulting editor to Disability Discrimination: The Law and Practice by Declan O’Dempsey and Andrew Short; co-author of The DDA Toolkit (previously Notes on the Disability Discrimination Act); co-author of Taking Action, a Guide for Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs; co-author of Education Law and Practice; co-author of the Atkin’s Court Forms volume on Education Law; a contributor to Disability Rights Law and Policy, edited by Mary Lou Breslin and Silvia Yee; a contributor to Encyclopaedia of Disability, edited by Prof. Gary Albrecht; a contributor to Disability Rights in Europe: From Theory to Practice, edited by Anna Lawson and Caroline Gooding; a contributor to the Self-Help Packs for Disability Discrimination Complaints in Education published by the Disability Rights Commission, the Education Law and Sex Discrimination leaflet for the Equal Opportunities Commission; co-author of the 2nd edition of Disabled Children and the Law; a contributor to The Good Schools Guide on Special Educational Needs; consultant to the Disability Rights Commission on their Codes of Practice for General Qualification Bodies and amended Post 16 Guidance; a contributor to Including Teaching Assistants: Developing Understanding and Practice in Inclusive Education, edited by Dr Felicity Armstrong and Dr Gill Richards; a contributor to guidance from the FA Premier League; co-editor of Education, Disability and Social Policy; co-editor of Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act 2010 (now in its 2nd edition); author of Are we not there yet?; and contributor to Comprehensive Achievements: All our geese are swans, edited by Dame Tamsyn Imison.
David is the winner of RADAR’s People of the Year Award for Achievement in the Furtherance of Human Rights of Disabled People in the UK, 2002. He was also shortlisted for the Law Society’s Gazette Centenary Award for Lifetime Achievement – Human Rights, in November 2003. In August 2006, David was listed as one of 25 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK by Disability Now Magazine in 2013, listed in the Disability News Service’s ‘Influence Index’ and listed in the first and current Disability Power List, 2014 and 2015.