Chief Executive of Disability Wales since 2001, Rhian Davies is a longstanding campaigner and advocate for disability rights and equality, drawing on lived experience.
Rhian is a member of the Ministerial Disability Rights Task Force, established to respond to the findings and recommendations outlined in the report Locked Out: Liberating the Lives and Rights of Disabled People in Wales beyond Covid-19 (2021). Rhian was honoured to chair the Steering Group responsible for coproducing the report on behalf of the Disability Equality Forum.
Rhian represents Wales Disability Reference Group on the Third Sector Partnership Council and is a member of its Funding and Compliance sub-committee.
Rhian is Vice Chair of Women’s Equality Network Wales and mentored on its 2020 Mentoring Scheme. She is delighted to be a member of the Programme Board as well as a mentor on the ground-breaking ‘Equal Power Equal Voice’ Mentoring Programme. Funded by NLCF Wales, it is aimed at increasing diversity in public life and run jointly by WEN Wales, EYST, Stonewall Cymru and Disability Wales.
In 2017, Rhian represented civil society in Wales at Geneva during the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People’s first periodic review of the UK Government’s implementation of the Convention.
A former member of the EHRC’s Statutory Wales Committee (2007-2012), Rhian has an MSc in Equality and Diversity from Cardiff University (2010). She secured an Academi Wales bursary to participate in the ‘Women and Power’ Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2014).