Our Trustees


Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP

Chai is the Chairman of HC-One and Court Cavendish, a founder partner of Elysian Capital, Deputy Chairman of the Care Management Group and Chairman IPS. He was formerly Chief Executive and architect of the modern Priory Group, the UK's largest independent specialist mental health and education services group. One of the most successful entrepreneurs in the UK healthcare sector over the past 20 years, Chai holds a degree in medicine from Southampton University and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1999 for his services to the development of social care policies and has served on numerous government, industry and professional bodies, primarily in the eldercare field, and as the Chair /Trustee of several well known charities (see below).

Membership of Charitable Trusts and Awards:

  • Trustee, Windsor Leadership Trust (2000-2011)
  • Adviser and Former Trustee, Institute of Public Policy Research (2000-2009)
  • Chairman, the 90th Anniversary Combat Stress 'The Enemy Within' Appeal (2009-present)
  • Chairman and Trustee, Health Unlimited (1991-1996)
  • Trustee, Help the Aged (2000- 2002)
  • Patron of the Team 2012 Appeal:, PRIAE {Policy Research Institute on Ageing & Ethnicity);
  • The Infant Trust and the Rwandan Memorial Project
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year ' Asian Business Awards 2012
  • Federation of Patidar Associations' Award 2012 (Gujariti, Hindu, Patel Community organisation)
  • Chairman of BBC Media Action (formerly BBC World Service Trust) (2010-present)



Mrs Katherine Patel

Katharine qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1985 and has since worked in a variety of public and private healthcare settings in senior management roles. After 1992 she specialised in Community Nursing Services and recruitment. In 1997 she established her own businesses in Homecare, and Healthcare Recruitment and Consultancy Services. Her memberships and accreditations include the Nursing and Midwifery Council; Royal College of Nursing; United Kingdom Homecare Association; Recruitment and Employment Confederation; the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Office of Immigration Services.


Miss Meera Patel

Chai's eldest daughter, Meera, graduated from Southampton University in 2010 and after working with the British Olympic Association promoting the London 2012 Olympics, has since begun a career in sports marketing.


Mr Peter Munday

A solicitor and a notary public, Peter was a Senior Partner of Mundays Solicitors from 1975 until he retired in 2006, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, He is a Founder Trustee of The Princess Alice Hospice and was its Chairman for 14 years. He is also a trustee of Esher War Memorial Fund; a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers. Peter also saw active service in Cyprus between 1957-59 with the Royal Corps of Signals.


Mr Peter Emery

Peter is a graduate in economics, business administration and town planning and has considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector where he worked for the fifteen years as a successful fundraiser with two of the sector's leading consultancies. Prior to entering the charity world Peter was a senior manager at BP. Peter was recently appointed Awards Programme Manager at HC-One.


Mr Kevin Craig

Kevin has almost 20 years of experience in PR and Lobbying and is the Managing Director and Founder of Political Lobbying & Media Relations Limited (PLMR) based in Westminster in London. For nine years Kevin was an elected Councillor for Lambeth in Larkhall, one of the most deprived Wards in London at that time (1997-2006) and stood for Parliament in the 2005 General Election in South Suffolk. Kevin has also advised many charities, including Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC, Scope, Combat Stress and, SeeAbility. Kevin is a Member of the Institute of Directors.