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 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 National Housing Federation, former director of Afiya Trust, committee member of Healthwatch England, NHS England Equality Diversity Council, director of Brent Health Action Zone and regional director for MIND. He is a former member of the Labour and the Coalition Government Ministerial Advisory for Mental Health. Patrick was a former councillor in Hackney between 2006- 2014 and was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as Race Equalities Adviser to Shadow Equalities Ministerial Team between 2015 to 2017.
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. In 2017 was appointed editor for Black History Month magazine and in 2018 for Windrush Commemorative magazine. 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 in a health centre was named after Patrick by residents on the Chalk hill estate near Wembley Stadium for his work on health and community development. Patrick is Patron of ACCI mental health charity based in Wolverhampton and Santé a refugee project in Camden. Finally, Patrick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters at Wolverhampton University in September 2018
Follow Patrick on Twitter: @ppvernon
Sunday 14 October, 10:00 Pit Theatre
From Windrush to Yarl’s Wood: the immigration debate today