City Corporation’s charitable funder Dhruv Patel elects first Indian Origin Chairman of London’s largest independent grant giver… reports Asian Lite News
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.
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.
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.
The 35-year-old businessman, who was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for voluntary service to the British Hindu community and to Social Cohesion, was the City Corporation’s first ever chairman from a BAME background in his previous role on its Community and Children’s Services Committee.
Mr Patel, who is married with two children, has business interests in property, retail pharmacy, and the London insurance market. He sits on the Board of Governors of the City of London School for Girls, and is Chairman of the local governing body of Avanti Court Primary School, a mixed Hindu faith school in Redbridge.
“I am humbled to have been elected by the City Bridge Trust Committee to serve as its Chairman, and I will strive to do the best job that I can to tackle the inequality which should not exist in London,” said Mr Patel. “ 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.”
Alison Gowman, Deputy Chair of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “I feel sure that Dhruv will do an excellent job of leading the Committee, which works hard to deliver our strategy to help create a capital city in which everyone can thrive. I have enjoyed my term as Chair and in particular, having the opportunity to meet many of the charities that have been supported by the Trust, in recognition of their outstanding work.”
City Bridge Trust has awarded around 8,000 grants totalling over £400million since it began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.