Chantal Patel

Chantal Patel_bigChantal was born in Mauritius and came to the UK in 1974. She started her nursing career in the 1970s and then went on to study law and qualified as a solicitor before deciding to join higher education, and has not looked back since.

The move to the College of Human & Health Sciences at Swansea University has proved beneficial as it enabled her to put her knowledge of law & health to good use.  She is currently head of the Department for Interprofessional Studies and manages 63 academic staff from diverse professional and academic  disciplines. She is actively involved in the development of the College’s Health and Wellbeing Academy and is a member of the College Athena SWAN strategy group. At University level she serves on numerous committees including the Equality and Diversity Committee and the Race Charter Group. 

She is very active outside the University and participates in a number of community and not-for-profit organisations. She was a founding member of the African Community Centre in Swansea and Secretary to the Indian Society of South West Wales. She is Chair of the Family Glamorgan Development Centre which provides a safe haven for children to reconnect with the absent parent on neutral grounds. She is a member of Gwalia Housing Group and chairs the Customer Services Committee which ensures high standards are maintained for the residential care of older people. She is also a non-officer member of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and has responsibility for Public Health, End of life & Carers.

She is married with two grown up sons. This year she will be doing the London Moonwalk in aid of Breast Cancer Care.