Social commentator, Patrick Vernon is a prominent campaigner for equality and educator on Black British history, particularly championing the rights of the Windrush generation. A voice for ethnic minority communities in the UK, Patrick has been honoured by the Queen with an OBE for his contributions to tackling inequalities and is a respected expert with more than 20 years of experience in his field. Whether he is discussing mental health and the public health sector or heritage and the importance of cultural history, Patrick captivates his audiences with his extensive knowledge and passion.
As the Founder of 100 Great Black Britons and Every Generation Media, Patrick is bringing heritage and family history to the forefront and celebrating the past of Black Britons in the present through educational programmes and resources. Additionally, he holds several fellow positions, including being a Fellow of Royal Historical Society, Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow and a Fellow at Imperial War Museum, roles which allow him to further his platform as an authoritative expert. For his influential work, Patrick was made a Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History by the Queen in 2003.
One of the most prevalent campaigners for the rights of the Windrush generation, Patrick has passionately advocated for over a decade for National Windrush Day and launched the Windrush Justice Fund for those affected by the scandal. He currently works as an independent advisor on equality and diversity for the council and expands on such topics as a popular speaker. From the Chair of Westminster Race Equality Partnership to a member of NHS England Equality Diversity Council, Patrick has and continues to dedicate his career to championing inclusion. He has been recognised by British Vogue as one of Britain’s Top 20 Campaigners and on the Powerlist of 100 Influential Black Britons.
At speaking engagements, Patrick draws on his personal and professional experiences relating to race and diversity. Supported by decades of senior public roles and educational positions, Patrick offers transformative talks that leave a lasting impact on corporate audiences and individuals.
“Patrick Vernon is a social commentator and campaigner and has been at the forefront of several high-profile campaigns on cultural heritage and social justice in the UK over the last decade. He has used experience in senior management in the voluntary and public sector plus his passion for cultural history to develop new models of thinking around transformation changes in service development, equalities, innovative thinking for social change. He is a trained life coach and mediator where his experience and knowledge has been used for leadership development and public speaking from grassroots organisations to public and private bodies”