Patrick Vernon OBE
social commentator; founder, 100 Great Black Britons; editor in chief, Black History Magazine
Patrick Vernon OBE is a Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow, fellow at the Imperial War Museum, fellow of Royal Historical Society and former associate fellow for the Department of History of Medicine at Warwick University.
He was the first director of Black Thrive, a mental-health multi agency tackling mental health in Lambeth; former non-executive director of Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust; health partnership coordinator for the National Housing Federation; former director of Afiya Trust; committee member of Healthwatch England; director of Brent Health Action Zone and regional director for MIND. Patrick is a former member of both the Labour and the Coalition Government Ministerial Advisory for Mental Health. He was a former councillor in Hackney between 2006- 2014, and was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as race equalities adviser to the Shadow Equalities Ministerial Team between 2015 to 2017.
Patrick is the founder of Every Generation Media and 100 Great Black Britons, which develop 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. In 2017, he was appointed editor of Black History Month Magazine as well as the Windrush Commemorative Magazine in 2018. Since 2010 he has been leading the campaign for Windrush Day and in 2018 kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation as part of the Windrush Scandal which led to a government u-turn in immigration policy and resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary.
Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work in tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain. In 2010, a community hall was named after Patrick by residents on the Chalkhill Estate for his work on health and community development. Patrick is patron of ACCI mental-health charity and Santé, a refugee project in Camden. Patrick was was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters at Wolverhampton University in September 2018.
Follow Patrick on Twitter: @ppvernon