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Mona Patel

I was born and brought up in Scotland in the 70s, quite an experience as an Indian child. I was definitely Scottish first, Indian second while growing up but now I’m pretty much “Scottish first” 50% of the time and “Indian first” the other 50% depending on the circumstances.

I have lived and studied or worked in America (twice) and Brussels as well as Scotland and England and am now firmly settled in Surrey. I also spent a year travelling around the world in my early 30s.

The first 10 years of my professional life were spent in the voluntary/charity sectors where I held a variety of campaigning roles, including at the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Consumers’ Association, publishers of Which?

That was followed by a leap into financial services, first as Head of Communications for the Investment Management Association and then as Group Head of External Communications for Royal London, the UK’s largest life, pensions and investment mutual. I am now covering a maternity leave as Head of External Communication at Metro Bank.

As the BAME movement has taken off I have been involved in various initiatives and also written some blogs which you can find on my linked in profile.  I’m passionate about equity and while I don’t think change will happen as fast as it should, I am driven by wanting to make the world a better place for my twins who already have a wider world view than I did growing up, but who are also still exposed to the many prejudices we still hold as a society. 

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