Nayan Patel PHF, who is from Pinner, has been appointed to the board of trustees at international specialist charity, Lepra.
The charity works to beat leprosy in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique. The importance of the UK based charities work is supported by their Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.
Nayan joins Lepra’s existing trustees in working to achieve their strategic vision to make leprosy a disease of little consequence; easily diagnosed and treated, leaving no disability and attracting no stigma.
Nayan brings with him a wealth of experience to Lepra, having held a number of senior leadership positions in the financial services industry. He also serves as an advisor to a number of charities and organisations in the public and private sectors.
Nayan was recently bestowed with Rotary international’s highest honour granted to an individual Rotarian, the “Service Above Self” award.
He was recognised for his contribution to the organisation and for his extensive charitable work globally.
Nayan is also a trustee of Council for Education in the Commonwealth, a parliament based NGO as well as serving on the Advisory Boards of Rotary India Literacy Mission and The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development at Somerville College, University of Oxford.
Commenting on joining Lepra, Nayan said: “Although leprosy is no longer a health problem in developed countries, it continues to affect millions of people in large parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Lack of awareness, myths, social cultural beliefs and the stigma attached to leprosy are perhaps the most pressing challenges before public health activists today.
“I am honoured to have been invited to join the board of Lepra and I look forward to working with the board members and our team of dedicated professionals who are all committed in this global fight to eradicate leprosy.”