Patrick Vernon OBE
social commentator; founder, 100 Great Black Britons; editor in chief, Black History Magazine

Patrick Vernon OBE is a Clore Fellow, fellow of the Royal Historical Society and associate fellow for the Department of History of Medicine at Warwick University. Patrick has previously worked as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health, director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust) and regional director for MIND, North West London Community Foundation and The Afiya Trust.

Patrick is also a former non-executive director for East London & the City Health Authority, and independent chair of Westminster Partnership for Race Equality, where he played a key role with the Metropolitan Police and the Muslim community in the aftermath of 7/7 in Westminster. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work in tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain.

Patrick is also founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons, which develops education programmes, publications and films on cultural heritage and family history. Patrick was made Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History by the Queen in 2003. He is a leading expert on African and Caribbean genealogy in the UK. Patrick is a founding member and campaigner for Windrush Day as a public holiday to celebrate the migrant contribution to Britain.

Follow Patrick on Twitter: @ppvernon


Sunday 29 October, 10:00 Cinema 2
Statues must fall! Erasing history or righting wrongs?

Sunday 29 October, 12:00 Free Stage
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