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Director named in top 100 BAME business leaders

UK Power Networks director Patrick Clarke has been named in a list of the top 100 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) business leaders.

From Press releases - 3 May 2016 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks director Patrick Clarke has been named in a list of the top 100 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) business leaders.

The list, which was compiled by an independent judging panel in association with the Sunday Times, recognises diversity excellence and was revealed to attendees at the House of Lords on Tuesday night.

Patrick, director of operations at UK Power Networks, manages the electricity infrastructure which delivers power supplies to eight million customers across London, the East and South East.

Born in Jamaica, Patrick came to England at the age of eight but found it difficult to adjust to his new life and struggled at school. However, with the help of one of his teachers and through hard work, he joined the then London Electricity Board as an apprentice engineer in 1978.

After 12 years in that post he moved into a  number of senior management roles – firstly as a director of human resources and communication, then connections director before taking on his current role with responsibility for 3,000 operational employees.

This latest recognition follows a number of previous honours: in 2008, Patrick was the Prince of Wales’ ambassador for London for leadership and diversity, and he was made an OBE in 2012 for services to black and minority ethnic youth mentoring.

Following his inclusion in the Sunday Times top 100 BAME Leaders in Business list, Patrick, who is based in Southwark, London, said: “For me this is about inspiring people to develop their careers and believe that everything is possible. If this award goes any way towards achieving that, then it’s very worthwhile.”