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UEL's Lord Patel wins Man of the Year

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Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel has won the Man of the Year category at a prestigious leadership awards dinner in London, known as the “ethnic Oscars.”

The accolade, announced at the GG2 Leadership Awards held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel London, recognised Lord Patel’s lifetime of achievements.

Speaking at the award ceremony after winning his category, Lord Patel said, “It was a very big surprise. There were about two thousand people there – a very high-powered audience from all across the board – business, sport, television, high-level politicians…I was honoured to be there.”

The award is also in recognition of his work with the University of East London, where he holds the role of senior adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, and acts as its director of strategic partnerships.

Commenting on the award, Lord Patel said, “I was expecting the award to go to people in business or a high-level politician,” he explained. “It was nice to be recognised for my work on marginalised communities and research and work on drug use and my report on prisons.”

The award follows his appointment to the England and Wales Cricket Board earlier this year, becoming the first British-Asian to be given a boardroom seat.

During the awards dinner, it was also revealed that Lord Patel had made it to number 36 in a power list of the 101 most influential Asians in Britain.

Lord Patel was made a life peer in June 2006. He lists communities and families, illegal drug use, health services and medicine, and social services among his parliamentary priorities.

He is the current Co-chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Men’s Health, and was appointed chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2014.  He is author of a number of national reports including The Patel Report into Prison Drug Treatment.

The Power List and GG2 Leaderships Awards are the initiative of Britain’s largest Asian publishing House, the Asian Media and Marketing Group.