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Hemant Patel FCMA

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Hemant Patel was born and educated in London before graduating from the University of Manchester having studied Physics with Astrophysics. He then moved into industry to train as a chartered management accountant.

He has worked at various multi-national companies including Mars Inc and SC Johnson in financial, commercial and marketing roles before moving with his family to Yorkshire to join Asda in 2003.
At Asda, Hemant carried out various roles in finance including Commercial Finance Director and Retail Finance Director as well as running Asda’s own label business and leading business reinvention as Director of Strategy. He then moved on to be Director of Online at the financial service provider, Provident Financial plc, with responsibility for their online loans businesses. Hemant then became Finance Director of the Pub Co at Greene King plc, leading the finance function for the business’s 1,800 managed pubs. He is now Premier Inn and Restaurant Finance Director, Whitbread PLC.

Until recently, Hemant was chairman of Interplay Theatre, a Leeds based company using the arts to work with children in special schools nationally and socially excluded children locally. He was given the Arts and Business Individual of the Year award in 2007 for his work with this charity.

Hemant is lead non-executive director and Chairman of the Royal Armouries Trading & Enterprises Ltd Board as well as the Royal Armouries Audit and Finance & Capital Development Committees. He became a trustee of the Royal Armouries in July 2010 and interim chair in November 2018.