Board of Directors
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chairman
Lord Patel is a social worker by background and moved into academia establishing the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University of Central Lancashire and specialising in research connected to the reduction of health inequalities.
Alongside this work he has held a number of public appointments including Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, National Strategic Director with the Department of Health (Race Equality and Mental Health), a non-executive director of a number of public bodies in the areas of substance misuse, mental health and social work, including the Care Quality Commission.
He entered the House of Lords in 2006 as an independent peer and was later appointed as a Minister in the Governments Whips Office in the House of Lords. Lord Patel Chaired the National Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group which resulted in the publication of The Patel Report and subsequent policy changes in the delivery of prison drug treatment.
In addition to his duties as a member of the House of Lords, Lord Patel is currently Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of East London, Vice-President and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Institute of Healthcare Management, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental health and patron of a number of charities based both in Bradford and nationally.
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