Dharini Patel

Dharini has 12 years’ experience at the Department for Education, across a number of roles.

As a Senior Leader in the Education and Skills Funding Agency, she is responsible for handling complex casework with academies, particularly on financial viability and governance, within Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

Dharini has worked within a number of roles within the Department for Education. These include, the Greater Manchester Challenge Leadership Strategy raising standards across schools in the most deprived areas of the region and leading on teacher recruitment strategy delivery. Prior to joining the Department, Dharini worked with higher education; the Manchester Metropolitan University, within international recruitment.

Dharini is passionate about professional development and is the co-chair for the Learning and Development network at the Department’s Manchester site, ensuring that there is a programme of development outside of London. She likes to see people thrive in their career and often spends many hours coaching and mentoring individuals.

Dharini is passionate about driving gender and BAME equality and diversity within the Civil Service by pushing boundaries and encouraging others to do the same.