Hemant Patel appointed non-executive member of DCMS board of directors
In addition to serving on the department’s board of directors, Hemant will chair the department’s audit and risk committee to provide constructive challenge and assurance on governance, risk management and control.
Hemant is currently Chief Financial Officer of Premier Inn.
He was born and educated in London before graduating from Manchester University after studying physics with astrophysics. He then turned to industry to train as a chartered management accountant.
He worked at various multinational companies including Mars Inc and SC Johnson in finance, sales and marketing roles before moving with his family to Yorkshire to join Asda in 2003. At Asda, Hemant held a variety of finance positions including that of Commercial Finance Director and Retail Finance Director as well as managing Asda’s own branded business and reimagining companies as Director of Strategy.
Hemant then became director of online services at financial services provider, Provident Financial plc, with responsibility for their online lending activities. Most recently, he was the financial director of Pub Co at Greene King plc, leading the finance function of the 1,700 pubs managed by the company.
He is currently Chief Financial Officer of Premier Inn & Restaurants at Whitbread plc, with financial responsibility for over 800 hotels and 400 restaurants across the UK and Germany. Hemant said: “I am both honored and delighted to have been chosen to join DCMS as a non-executive member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit and risk committee. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with a department with such a diverse portfolio and look forward to contributing during my tenure. ‘
Until 2017, Hemant was President of Interplay Theater, a Leeds-based company using the arts to work with children in special schools nationwide and socially excluded children locally. He received the Arts and Business Individual of the Year award in 2007 for his work with this charity.
Hemant became a director of the Royal Armories, the national museum of arms and armor, in July 2010, chairing the trading company as well as the audit committee, before becoming chairman of the board in 2018.