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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. Hemant then moved on to be Director of Online at the financial service provider, Provident Financial plc, with responsibility for their on-line loans businesses, before working as Finance Director of the Pub Co at Greene King plc, leading the finance function for the business’s 1,800 managed pubs. Hemant is now working for Whitbread plc as Finance Director for their 800 hotel Premier Inn business, 400 strong UK restaurant business and their expanding German hotel business.

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 Patel became a trustee of the Royal Armouries in July 2010, is currently Interim Chairman and until recently was Chairman of the Royal Armouries Trading & Enterprises Ltd Board as well as the Royal Armouries Audit and Finance & Capital Development Committees.