Practice Director
Rishi Patel

Rishi is Practice Director for Policy communications. He advises corporate and NGO clients on research, reputation and public affairs. Rishi also leads Global Counsel’s Social Impact Programme and other workplace culture initiatives. Rishi joined Global Counsel in 2017 as a consultant working across UK and European public policy issues. He previously worked in public affairs and corporate communications at FTI Consulting and Brunswick Group, as well as in the UK civil service. 

Outside of work, Rishi is an active campaigner and writer across local and national issues and policy development in the UK. Rishi is a keen linguist and speaks fluent Italian, French and Gujarati, as well as intermediate Spanish and Hindi. 

Recent examples of his work include: 

  • Leading polling projects on consumers’ perceptions of cash and the future of payments, and the cost of living in the UK.
  • Advising technology clients on articulating their contribution to society, across topics such as sustainability, innovation policy and digital skills.
  • Working with an international human rights NGO on crafting advocacy strategies around the international financial sanctions’ regime.

Latest Insights by Rishi Patel

General Politics

Inflation: perceptions and political responses

General Politics

As inflation rises in the UK, (the latest forecast suggesting 5.4% for consumer prices for the year to December 2021), so too is it rising up the agenda for policymakers and businesses. This raises important policy and policy communications questions, but also questions about how consumers will respond if policymakers don’t – or even if they do. 

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How much do YOU know about inflation?

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Rishi Patel, Practice Lead for Policy Communications, Stephen Adams, Senior Director and Rebecca Park, Senior Practice Lead for Financial Services discuss new research commissioned by Global Counsel looking at public attitudes to inflation, price rises and the cost of living.

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UK May elections - what you need to know

General Policy

Rishi Patel, Policy Communications Practice Lead; Alex Dawson, UK Politics and Policy Practice Lead; and Matt Bevington, Senior Associate unpack what you need to know about the impact of the 'super Thursday' elections on UK politics.

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The next frontier in ESG: race, policing and diversity

General Policy

The current wave of activism around race, racial awareness and diversity is certain to impact on ESG – particularly as the ‘S’ aspect gains in prominence due to covid-19. The social components of ESG policies and strategies have in the past largely focused on attention to human rights and labour conditions, but the list of what is included is expanding. While…

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