Patrick Vernon

Social Commentator, Cultural Historian & Health Activist

How to hire Patrick Vernon

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring Patrick Vernon for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Patrick's official speaking topics are listed below: 

  • Mental health 
  • Public health 
  • NHS health reforms 
  • Patient involvement & engagement 
  • Race equality 
  • Leadership 
  • Equality & diversity 
  • Activism & campaigning 
  • Windrush 
  • Cultural & migration history
  • Black British history 
  • Family genealogy 

Feedback from virtual events and webinars 

During the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary halt of live events, Patrick was booked as the exciting guest speaker for virtual events and webinars. Read his latest feedback from webinars below.

"The session with Patrick last week was fantastic. The talk that he provided was really well received and we even had one colleague let us know he had brought Patrick's book. Please can you send our thanks to Patrick, as we really appreciated him giving up his time to attend our event." - Latanya, Risk & Compliance Assistant Manager, ISIO

"Yes, Patrick was brilliant. The session was really engaging/impactful. Thank you for all your help in arranging." - Guy, Corporate Responsibility Executive, HFW

"The session went great! Please express my thanks to Patrick and thank you for all your help in setting this up!" - Carissa, JP Morgan

"Please extend our thanks to Patrick- it was a really insightful and inspirational session. We look forward to collaborating with him again in the future!" - Nina, Associate Director, Regulatory & Public Policy, Ernst & Young 

"The session with Patrick went very well indeed. He is a great speaker." - Shirley, Chaucer Group

“I have been stopped multiple times by attendees after the event, every single one of them wanted to let me know how much they enjoyed the Black History Month talk with Patrick. Everyone I spoke to found him fascinating with so many interesting topics to talk about. Thanks to Patrick for joining us and speaking on so many important issues, it was a privilege to listen to him. 100% of attendees rated the session as 8/10 or higher.” - Rosie, BMW Group UK

“The event went smoothly and Patrick was highly informative/ engaging. The presentation was great, thank you so much for helping to organise this event.” - Fiona, Partners Cap

Feedback from in-person events

Patrick is often booked as a speaker for corporate events, read his latest feedback below. 

"The event went really well yesterday, and Patrick was fantastic." - JP Morgan

"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" - Anonymous

"I wanted to give a big thanks to Patrick for speaking at yesterday’s event. He was excellent and feedback has been positive. Patrick also hung around after and engaged a lot with attendees, sharing and listening to experiences and views. Patrick was knowledgeable, and able to communicate that knowledge and experience in an accessible way. Everyone liked Patrick and his humble approach to what he does." - Joseph, Arup

"Everything went really well with Patrick, people were really engaged and asked questions to learn more about BHM. Very enjoyable and educating at the same time." - Stef, Ancestry

"It was great to work with Patrick.  He really brought a lot of information and history to the presentation which allowed people to better understand the origins of Black History Month and its relevance for today.  The feedback received from my colleagues was overwhelmingly positive and people really valued Patrick’s experience and social commentary." - Narinder, Biogen

  • 2020 - Chair of the Citizens Partnership for the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch & Independent Race Equality Adviser for Harrow Council 
  • 2019 - Awarded the National Campaigner Award recognised for activism on race equality and social justice, Associate Director of the Centre for Ageing Better & Independent Race, Equality and Diversity Advisor for the London Borough of Lambeth
  • 2018 - Appointed Editor of the Windrush Commemorative Magazine & awarded an Honorary PhD from Wolverhampton University for work on migration history & equalities 
  • 2017 - Appointed Editor of the Black History Month Magazine, Patron of ACCI & Director of Black Thrive 
  • 2016 - Trustee of The Bernie Grant Trust 
  • 2015 - Appointed as Race Equalities Advisor to the Shadow Equalities Ministerial Team by Jeremy Corbyn & Non-Executive Director of the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust 
  • 2013 - Patron of The Sante Project, Associate Fellow of the Centre for History of Medicine at Warwick University & Health Partnership Coordinator for the National Housing Federation 
  • 2012 - Appointed OBE for work tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain & committee member of Healthwatch England 
  • 2011 - Board member of North London Muslim HA Ltd
  • 2009 - Panel member & Neighbourhood Advisor for Fair Share Trust Brent & Chief Executive of The Afiya Trust 
  • 2007 - Trustee of Social Action for Health & Chief Executive of the North West London Community Foundation 
  • 2006 - Councillor for London Borough of Hackney 
  • 2005 - Independent Chair of the Westminster Partnership for Race Equality 
  • 2004 - Director of Outcomes UK
  • 2003 - Made a Pioneer of the Nation for Cultural History by the Queen & Strategic Adviser of the Health Inequalities Unit for the UK Department of Health 
  • 2001 - Director of Every Generation Media 
  • 1999 - Director of Health Action Zone for NHS Brent 
  • 1996 - Non-Executive Director of East London & The City Health Authority 
  • 1995 - Director of London & South East England for Mind 
  • Fellow of Goodenough College, Winston Churchill, the Imperial War Museum, the Clore Leadership Programme and the Royal Historical Society