Patrick Vernon


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Patrick Vernon OBE is Chair of the Citizens' Partnership for HSIB.

He also holds the roles of Independent Non-Executive Director of Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS) where he leads on inequalities, Non-Executive Director for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, and Associate Director for Connected Communities for the Centre for Ageing Better. He is also a Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow, Fellow of Goodenough College, Fellow at Imperial War Museum, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and former Associate Fellow for the Department of History of Medicine at Warwick University. Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work on tackling health inequalities and ethnic minority communities.

In 2018 he received an honorary PhD from Wolverhampton University and was selected as one of the 1000 Progressive Londoners by the Evening Standard. In 2019 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for campaigning and advocacy work by the SMK Foundation. In 2020 Patrick was selected by British Vogue as one of Britain’s top 20 campaigners and was included in the 2020 Power list of 100 influential Black People in Britain. In 2020 he was co-author of 100 Great Black Britons. In 2020 Patrick established the Majonzi Fund, which is providing small grants to families and community organisations to organise commemoration events for individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities who have died of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Finally, Patrick is a broadcaster and writes blogs and articles for the national and international media on healthcare, cultural heritage, and race. In August 2021 Patrick was appointed by Wolverhampton University as Honorary Professor of Cultural Heritage and Community Leadership for the Institute for Community Research & Development (ICRD).