Our Patron

Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

Lord Patel

Bradford Cyrenians welcomed the appointment of our first Patron on the 21st July 2010. Lord Patel is committed to the issues facing homeless vulnerable men and we look forward to working with our Patron in meeting the challenges that the sector will face during this unpredictable financial environment we find ourselves in.

Distinguished by his insistence that the subject of any research, whether community groups, individuals or organisations should benefit from being part of that research. He has developed a series of acclaimed projects in mental health, drug use, crime and equality and diversity based on models of community engagement and organisational change.

In May 2014 Lord Patel was appointed the chairman of the health trust which runs the city’s hospitals by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

University of East London

Currently University Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University of East London, Lord Kamlesh Patel is tasked with creating strategic links between the university and a wide range of public and private sector organisations regionally, nationally and internationally; he is also currently leading on a number of regional and national research and knowledge transfer projects in health, social care and criminal justice policy and practice.

Working with communities

Lord Patel is also appointed as Shadow Minister for Communities in the House of Lords. Until recently Professor Lord Patel was Head of the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire.  He is internationally renowned for his work with communities and social cohesion across a range of issues including mental health, drug and alcohol use, crime and regeneration.

National boards &


Lord Patel has been appointed to a number of national boards and committees, including the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, the Home Office’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, the Healthcare Commission and the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. He served the Mental Health Act Commission since 1995 culminating in his appointment as Chairman in 2002 and in 2008 was appointed to the board of the Care Quality Commission.

Race equality

in mental health care

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 is also Chairman of a National Taskforce looking at the effectiveness of prison drug treatment.