Professor, The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

Lord Patel has extensive experience working at the highest levels on national and international developments in government policy on a wide range of areas, including health, social care, crime, community cohesion, extremism, mental health, drug and alcohol use, equality and human rights, and higher education. 


He has led international health and social care initiatives and brokered developments between UK statutory and voluntary organisations and other countries (including India, Middle East, Africa) to realise real benefits for local institutions and communities.


Lord Patel has, over the years, been appointed to a number of national boards and committees, and is currently Chair of Social Work England. His previous appointments include the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the Home Office’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the Healthcare Commission, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and the Care Quality Commission. He was also Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission. In addition to CIE, he is currently Chairman and/or Patron of over 20 not-for-profit organisations across England.


Lord Patel has contributed to a variety of Government policies including being the architect of the Government’s five-year action plan for delivering race equality in mental health care.  In 2007 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to act as a Ministerial Adviser to the Secretary of State (DCLG) in respect of the government’s PREVENT agenda (Preventing Violent Extremism). He was also Chairman of a National Taskforce looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment culminating in the publication of The Patel Report.


Lord Patel was appointed as Minister in the House of Lords Government’s Whip’s Office as Front Bench Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and the Attorney General’s Office in 2008.  Previously held post as University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London, where he was tasked with creating strategic links between the university and a wide range of public and private sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally.  


Lord Patel was also previously Chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.