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ECPAT UK welcomes Bharti Patel as new CEO

10th December 2012

Bharti Patel ECPAT UK CEOOn the occasion of International Human Rights Day, ECPAT UK is pleased to announce that Ms Bharti Patel has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1st December 2012.

From her former leadership and management positions at high-profile campaigning organisation the Low Pay Unit and Svaraj, in India, Bharti brings more than 15 years of experience working to promote human rights.

Challenged with leading ECPAT UK forward in our work protecting children everywhere from exploitation and abuse Bharti said: “I am very excited by the opportunity of leading ECPAT UK.  I join a talented and supportive team at ECPAT UK, people who are dedicated to make a positive difference in the lives of trafficked and exploited children who need most help.

"I am looking forward to building on the successful track record of ECPAT UK to date, under the leadership of my predecessor, Christine Beddoe. There are many challenges ahead, but  I am confident that with the committed team, partners, supporters and associates of ECPAT UK, we will successfully execute the strategic initiatives already announced and take on other actions to enhance ECPAT UK’s work to protect child victims of trafficking, children exploited in tourism and work to prevent such crimes.”

Chair of ECPAT UK, Ms Tink Palmer, said,

“ECPAT UK Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Bharti Patel as our new CEO. Bharti brings a wealth of experience from her previous work as the Executive Director of a high-profile campaigning organisation – The Low Pay Unit. In addition to this is her recent international experience of working in India on various issues relating to human rights.

Bharti also brings with her a passionate belief in the rights of all children to experience secure and safe childhoods. Her determination to influence the world community will help ECPAT UK to ensure that children are protected from all forms of sexual exploitation.”

You will be hearing and seeing more of Bharti in the near future. Bharti can be reached at


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