Rick Williams CFCIPD

Director, Freeney Williams

Rick Williams is the Managing Director of Freeney Williams Ltd which is one of the UK’s leading consultancies in the field of disability and diversity. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Business Disability Forum Associate and Chair of Age UK Brighton.

He is a highly experienced consultant and trainer with a high level of expertise in all areas of disability issues and how they impact on individuals and organisations. Prior to working in the field of disability, Rick was employed at a senior level in the Health and Safety Executive and, before leaving in 2001, was the Regional Development Manager for the London and South East Region.  These factors, combined with his visual impairment, give him an almost unique understanding of how organisations can become more disability-smart.

Since moving to the field of disability and diversity, Rick has worked with many major organisations in a wide range of areas.  His work has included:

  • Providing BDF’s Access Pathway, and formerly the E-check service,
  • Writing guidance for the Disability Rights Commission, 
  • Supporting the development of Disability Equality Schemes, 
  • Undertaking disability audits of practices and procedures, 
  • Delivering high level briefings and training on a broad range of disability and diversity issues, and 
  • Developing major training programmes for delivery by other trainers. 

Organisations that Rick has worked for include the Office for Disability Issues, Business Disability Forum, JobCentre Plus, Credit Suisse, Barclays, House of Commons, Centrica, British Gas, The AA, Arsenal FC, the National Trust, DEFRA, the Home Office, PWC, Accor Hotels and many others from all sectors.

Rick also acts as a mentor for disabled people and assists them to develop their personal competencies, careers and leadership skills. Allied to this is his increasing work in other countries where he supports disabled people and organisations in developing their approaches to managing disability both as employers and service providers. This includes working with the ILO in Turin and Geneva. 

For more information about Freeney Williams Ltd please visit www.freeneywilliams.com or contact them via the details below:

Freeney Williams Ltd
37 Buckingham Road
Tel: 01273 327715 
Mobile: 07788 448428
Email enquiries@freeneywilliams.com