Adrian Ward

Head of Disability Partnerships

Adrian smiles at the camera

Adrian is Head of Disability Partnerships, leading the teams responsible for all relationships with Business Disability Forum’s Members and Partners as well as overseeing our consultancy and learning and development services. Adrian is an experienced disability consultant and has an extensive background in human resources within the public sector, specialising in diversity and inclusion.  

Adrian spent several years as a regional diversity and inclusion manager providing strategic guidance and advice to a large operational business area within the public sector. Prior to that he was the Chief Welfare Officer leading a team of staff counsellors and had overall responsibility for the department’s wellbeing strategy.

Before joining Business Disability Forum Adrian led a diversity and inclusion experts team within a large Civil Service organisation specialising in all aspects of disability as well as leading on Public Sector Equality Duty work. Adrian has practical experience of developing departmental policies (including disability-specific policies) and procedures and overseeing effective implementation of these. 

Adrian is also a qualified mediator with nearly 15 years of conflict resolution experience across the public, private and third sectors. As well as providing mediation services Adrian has developed a neutral diagnostic tool designed to help organisations resolve disability-related complaints, grievances or systemic issues using a constructive, blame-free process.

Adrian and his son are season ticket holders at Brentford Football Club so weekends are often consumed watching the beautiful game.