Patrick Vernon OBE

Professor Patrick Vernon OBE

Chair of Walsall Together Health Partnership and Specialist Advisor – Voice, Centre for Ageing Better, Non-Executive Director for Inequalities, Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System

Patrick is an Independent Non- Executive Director of Birmingham and Solihull ICS where he leads on inequalities and Chair of Walsall Together Health Partnership, Specialist Adviser for Centre for Ageing Better and Chair of Citizenship Partnership for HSIB.

Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work on tackling health inequalities and ethnic minority communities and in 2018 he received an honorary PhD from Wolverhampton University and was selected as one of the 1000 Progressive Londoner by the Evening Standard. In 2019 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for campaigning and advocacy work by the SMK Foundation. In August 2021 Patrick was appointed by Wolverhampton University as Honorary Professor of cultural heritage and Community Leadership for the Department of Community Development.

In 2020 Patrick was selected by British Vogue as of Britain’s top 20 campaigners and was included in the 2020 Power list of 100 influential Black People in Britain. Also, in 2020 Patrick co-authored 100 Great Black Britons and established the Majonzi Fund, which is providing small grants to families and community organisations to organise commemoration events for individuals from BAME communities who have died of covid-19 over the last 19 months.

Patrick is a sought-after broadcaster, public speaker and writes blogs and articles for the national and international media on healthcare, cultural heritage and race.