Trupti Patel is the first female President of the largest UK Hindu umbrella organisation, the Hindu Forum of Britain. She has over 40 years’ experience in highways, traffic and transportation, managing various divisions at Salford City Council, Manchester City Council and Three Rivers District Council. She now runs a consultancy supporting network management, sustainable transport, environmental improvements, road safety, and climate change issues.
Trupti trained as a civil engineer at Sardar Patel University in India, then after moving to Britain, achieved her postgraduate degree at City University and became a fellow of the Charter Institute of Highways and Transportation UK while working full-time. In 2004, she became the first female civil engineer of Asian origin in the UK to hold high office in local government as Assistant Director at Salford City Council, and she was the first female chairperson of the Northwest Branch of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.
Trupti’s involvement with community organisations has spanned her career. She was a Trustee of the Community Arts Northwest and Voluntary Community Faith Partnership until moving back to London from the Northwest. In 2019 she was elected the first female Director of the Interfaith Network UK for the Hindu Faith in 2019, and since 2015 she has sat on a Home Office panel for the Security of Faith Buildings. She is a member of the Women’s Economic Forum, and a regular participant on various BBC television and radio channels.