Press release: Business Disability Forum appoints Nils Kendall and David Goodchild as Joint Interim Chief Executive Officers

12 November 2015

London, UK – Business Disability Forum (BDF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nils Kendall and David Goodchild as Joint Interim Chief Executive Officers, effective October 2015.

David takes on the role of Joint Interim CEO after serving as the organisation’s Director of Membership & Business Development since 2010, alongside Nils who has served as Director of Operational Support & Company Secretary since 2010. In addition to his appointment as Joint Interim CEO Nils will also retain his responsibilities as Company Secretary.

The appointment comes after Susan Scott-Parker OBE stepped down as CEO in October 2015 to undertake her new role as Honorary Vice President. Susan will support Sir Ian Cheshire in his role as BDF’s Honorary President, act as a key strategic advisor to the Board and continue as BDF’s ambassador and ‘evangelist’.

Nils brings to the role over 15 years’ experience working in the Third Sector – with previous roles at The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (now The Royal Society for Public Health) where he worked as Executive Officer to the Chief Executive and Personnel Manager.

Nils joined BDF in 2003, with primary responsibility for HR later taking over responsibility for the ICT and Finance functions and more latterly corporate governance. Nils became Director of Operational Support and was later elected as Company Secretary in 2010.

David brings a wealth of experience to the role of Joint Interim CEO. Before joining BDF in 2004, David’s career focused on media and publishing and included directorial roles at Emap plc with responsibilities for B2B newspapers, supplements, websites, accompanying e-commerce products, events and a contract publishing division.

As Joint Interim CEO of BDF, David’s key departmental responsibilities are membership and business development. In particular, this encompasses the recruitment and retention of Members and Partners, consultancy, content sales, sponsorship and strategic alliances.

Over his past 11 years at BDF, David has also been responsible for the marketing and communications, events, tailored training and project development teams, including lead responsibility for the original development of BDF’s world-leading Disability Standard.

Speaking about being appointed Joint Interim CEO, David said:

“Business Disability Forum is the world’s leading organisation for improving disability confidence and includes many of the UK’s largest businesses and public sector employers. We promote best practice and work with organisations to set and influence policy so that it benefits both organisations and disabled people.”

Speaking about his role as Joint Interim CEO, Nils said:

“I am pleased to be playing a key role in BDF’s management at such an important time as the organisation embarks on its five year strategic plan which will continue to demonstrate our commitment to mobilise the power of business behind the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities.”


Notes to editors:

1. BDF is a not-for-profit business membership organisation that represents some 300 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. Formerly called the Employers’ Forum on Disability, the company has more than twenty years experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about BDF, please visit:

2. For BDF media enquiries please contact Emily Jackson, Press Officer at Business Disability Forum on 020 7089 2404 or email