Patrick was born in the constituency where Enoch Powell was an MP. His family still lives in Wolverhampton and he is proud of his roots and the contribution of migrant communities from the Windrush Generation have made to Britain which forms a larger of his values and principles – Windrush Day Matters.
Patrick’s career over the last twenty years has provided a real insight in working with many, often marginalised communities in the health and social care sector good grounding and understanding of issues and the challenges in delivering public services in a challenging environment.
Patrick currently works for the National Housing Federation as a Health Partnership Coordinator and is a specialist speaker. Previously he was the former Chief Executive of the Afiya Trust, one of the leading race equality health charities in the country. Patrick has previously worked manager for Citizens Advice Bureau; senior civil servant at the Department of Health and Local Government Association; Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust), and Regional Director for MIND. Patrick is former Committee member of Camidoc (GP out of hour’s service in North London), trustee for Social Action for Health in East London and North Muslim Housing Association.
Patrick is also a Councillor in Hackney where he has chaired Health Scrutiny and a Public Health Peer Reviewer. Patrick is also a former Non-Executive Director East London& the City Health Authority, and Independent Chair of Westminster Partnership for Race Equality where he played a key role with the Met Police and the Muslim community with the aftermath of 7/7 bombings in Westminster. Patrick is a former member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for mental health, and Chair of Health Watch Advisory Working Group for Department of Health and Care Quality Commission. Finally, Patrick is a film maker and cultural historian and founder of Every Generation. www.everygeneration.co.uk and the 100 Great Black Britons campaign www.100greatblackbritons.com
Political activism and campaigning
- Labour Party member for more than 20 years
- Elected as Councillor for Queensbridge Ward in May 2006 and former of Chair of Health Scrutiny in the London Borough of Hackney
- Play Champion for London Borough of Hackney (lead the development of 24 play areas on estates, parks and adventure play grounds)
- Ed Miliband Task Force on Mental Health &Society
- BAME Labour National Executive Committee
- Parliamentary Panel for UNISON and Cooperative Party
- Council Member of Socialist Health Association and Labour Electoral Reform
National Player and local campaigner
Patrick’s hard work and commitment resulted in being awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work nationally in tackling health inequalities and supporting BAME communities. In 2010 The Vernon Hall at The Chalkhill Health and Community Centre was named in recognition of Patrick’s supporting the local community in the London borough of Brent.
- Committee Member for Healthwatch England
- Member National Advisory Board for Time To Change
- Member of Equality Diversity Council
- Independent Committee on Metropolitan Police inquiry on mental health and policing
- Patron of Santé a social enterprise in Camden which supports and befriends refugees and asylum seekers across London
- Distinguished Friend of Migration Museum http://www.migrationmuseum.org/distinguished-friends/
- Clore Fellow and one of leading experts in the UK on African and Caribbean family genealogy