MHFA England's patron is Professor The Lord Kamlesh Patel, Baron Patel of Bradford, OBE.
Lord Patel has extensive experience working at the highest levels, including government, on national and international developments in policy areas impacting on education, health and social care, crime, community cohesion, extremism and equality and human rights.
He has contributed to policy development and service delivery, and brokered developments between UK statutory, voluntary and business organisations with countries including India, the Middle East and Europe, to realise real benefits for local institutions and communities.
Lord Patel has undertaken a number of major organisational reviews for a range of national and international organisations including for and on behalf of Government. His contribution to Government policies include in 2005 being the architect of the Government’s largest mental health programme, Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care and in 2010, The Patel Review onto drug treatment in prisons.