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, a policy and research agency funded to advance equality & diversity in universities in the UK and colleges in Scotland and England. 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 an ADR Group accredited mediator and acts as the equality adviser to the English FA Premier League. He is 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 practice 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 and has been a Short Term Expert to a European Union Twinning Project, a founding member of The Times Newspaper Law Panel, a Board Member of Equinet (the European Network of Equality Bodies) and a member of the Advisory Group of OFFA (the Office for Fair Access). 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. More recently, he has delivered executive/leadership coaching and thought leadership, SMT/executive training and consultancy in equality & diversity law and policy, and mediation/facilitation, particularly around crisis management, equality & diversity and “blue-sky” thinking and has been a member of strategic independent review and assessment panels.
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, drafting 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 all 3 editions of Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act 2010, 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 and in 2013, listed in the Disability News Service’s “Influence Index”. He is also listed in the all three Disability Power Lists, October 2014, October 2015 and May 2017.