Press release: Business Disability Forum appoints Diane Lightfoot as Chief Executive Officer

24 November 2016

London, UK: Business Disability Forum is delighted to announce the appointment of Diane Lightfoot as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Diane will take up the post on 20 February 2017 after moving from her current role as Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, a leading national charity that works with disabled people.

During her 13 years at United Response, Diane greatly expanded the activities of her team beyond fundraising and communications to include campaigning, public affairs and lobbying, with a particular focus on promoting employment for disabled people.

Diane regularly attends events at the Department of Work and Pensions to help shape disability employment policy and is also co-chair of Learning Disability Voices, a coalition of not-for-profit and private providers, where her role involves lobbying government for the proper funding of social care.

Previously Diane has held responsibility for marketing and membership for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and at the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Diane Lightfoot said:

“I am delighted to be joining Business Disability Forum at such an exciting stage in its development and very much looking forward to leading the team to build on its fantastic achievements to date.

“Business Disability Forum has a clear and crucially important strategy to drive the conversation around disability and diversity in business. It is working hard to further expand the offer it provides to member organisations and to champion the inclusion of disabled people in the workplace.

“I have no doubt that as an organisation we will achieve even more in the coming years, working in partnership to represent and support the thriving business community whom we serve.”

Warren Buckley, Chairman of Business Disability Forum, said:

“We are delighted to appoint such a talented and passionate leader for BDF. Diane will bring vital experience to an already strong team to ensure we deliver on our goals.”




Notes to Editors


  1. Business Disability Forum (BDF) is a world-leading membership body bringing together business and the public sector to build disability-smart organisations. BDF has more than 25 years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit:  


  1. To request a comment from Diane Lightfoot or a BDF spokesperson on this appointment, or for any further information, please contact Samuel Buckley by emailing