Trustees & Chief Executive



Rhidian Hughes

“It is a real privilege to work with organisations that all seek to promote positive and progressive approaches towards disability. Together we are leading the way by influencing the sector through a combined expert voice, working to harness skills and knowledge, and collectively challenging barriers to shape disability provision for the better”.

Prior to joining VODG Rhidian’s career spanned a range of senior research, regulation and consultancy roles. He worked in management consultancy across the health and social care sectors and before that in regulation. Earlier in his career Rhidian held academic appointments, leading programmes of social policy research.

Rhidian was educated at the University of York where he also earned his Doctorate.


VODG is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity regulated by the Charity Commission. The board comprises up to nine individuals from across the membership and is chaired by Steve Scown.

Each full member organisation is classified as a voting member and elects the board. Associate member organisations are non-voting members.