LONDON (TIP): Dhruv Patel, who founded the City Hindus Network, has become the first ever BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) Chairman of London’s largest independent grant giver. Mr Patel, an Elected Member of the City of London Corporation since 2013, was elected as Chairman of the City Bridge Trust Committee. He replaces Alison Gowman, who has served her full three-year term, and now becomes Deputy Chair of the Committee.
“It is a great privilege to be in the leadership role of one of the UK’s most important supporters of civil society. Together we will continue to help give all London’s communities the opportunity to thrive, and give young people, in particular, the best possible start in life”, said Patel.
Formerly the Committee’s deputy Chairman, he will lead City Bridge Trust’s Elected Members in delivering Bridging Divides, its five-year funding programme, which will see £100 million distributed to the capital’s charities to help Londoners most in need.
City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates, making charity grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantaged communities across the capital.
In February 2019, Dhruv Patel received an OBE (order of the British empire) from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge for voluntary service to the British Hindu community and to Social Cohesion.
Mr Patel, who is a businessman with interests in property, retail pharmacy, and the London insurance market, became the first chairman of the City Hindus Network when it was established in 2005, and he held the position until 2010. He now serves as one of its three directors.
Since 2013, he has served as an elected member (Common Councilman) of the City of London Corporation.
With a keen interest in the community and helping others, in 2015 Mr Patel, became the City of London Corporation’s first ever chair of a committee from a BAME background when he was elected Chairman of Community & Children’s Services.
The London born 35-year-old also serves as a director of the City of London Academies Trust, and is Deputy Chairman of the City Bridge Trust.
Mr Patel has been a Trustee of The Lord Mayor’s 800th Anniversary Awards Trust since 2015. He is a Liveryman of The Clothworkers’ Company and has sat on their Property Committee since 2016. He is also Chair of the Local Governing Body of the Avanti Court Primary School in Redbridge, a role he was appointed to in 2017.