Kamal Patel

Director, Corporate Finance & Property Directorate, Department for Transport


I have enjoyed a 25 year career covering both the private and public sector. I currently lead a team of 50 professionals providing corporate finance advice and property transactions for the Department for Transport “DfT” (a Government Department). Prior to joining the Civil Service I spent the majority of my career working in the banking and financial advisory sectors.

At my time at the DfT I have focused on improving social mobility and BAME representation at the senior grades, having for a long time been the only BAME head of department. I am a RACE champion and support the BAME and Social Mobility networks through sponsoring, mentoring, speaking at events and challenging the Department’s Executive Committee on our action plans.

By way of personal background, my parents moved to Croydon in the early 70’s as Indian refugees from Uganda. I had a traditional state education and was lucky enough to go to university where I studied mathematics.