DISABILITY TRAINING & CONSULTANCY
Dr Phil Friend (OBE FRSA), himself a wheelchair user, is acknowledged as the UK's foremost consultant on disability matters. A powerful and highly popular communicator, his company – Phil & Friends – provides consultancy to many of the country's best-known companies. In addition to his professional activities, he is also a respected champion for equal opportunities and diversity in general, where his special blend of humour and direct speaking has won admirers from around the world.
He has made many board presentations and speeches and provided consultancy on a wide range of disability and diversity related topics in the UK. He has also worked on disability and diversity projects in Estonia, Romania, Poland, Germany, Canada and the USA. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to equal opportunities and disabled people.
Phil was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (Hon Dsc) in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to equality and diversity from University of Hertfordshire.
Phil has had a number of articles published and is a regular contributor on national/local television and radio, he has also appeared in several video productions commissioned by Sky, the Employer’s Forum on Disability, various Tourist Boards and Angel Productions.
He recently wrote a self help book with his colleague Dave Rees entitled "Why are you pretending to be normal?" It explores how disabled people can manage rather than just cope with their disability.
Phil is also very active within the voluntary sector. Between 2005/15 he was the Chair of Disability Rights UK (previously RADAR) and is now an Ambassador for the organisation. He is a Vice President of the Level Playing Field Association a disabled sports supporters organisation (formerly NADS), Chair of the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) and the Vice Chair of the Activity Alliance formerly the English Federation of Disability Sport a member of the Association of Disabled Professionals, Vice Chair of BT's Customer Inclusion Panel, a former Commissioner on the Extra Costs Commission. He is also an Associate of the Business Disability Forum, a Churchill Fellow, and was made a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in February 2007.
What Phil's clients say...
Phil has worked with many organisations over the past 25 years and some of these are listed on this page. More importantly though is the impression that he has created on the people in these organisations and in the disability community at large.
Clients Past and Present
Department for Work & Pensions
Ernst & Young
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office
HM Customs & Excise
The Home Office
Lloyds Banking Group
NHS Blood and Transplant Service
Office for Disability Issues
Royal Bank of Scotland