Ratna is a qualified social worker and chief executive of the Race Equality Foundation, a registered charity that explores what is known about discrimination and disadvantage, and uses the evidence to overcome barriers and promote race equality in social care, health and housing. Ratna's areas of experience and expertise includes: race equality in child care and child protection, race equality in mental health, and workforce issues relating to black and minority ethnic staff.
Ratna has written extensively on social care issues, including a chapter in "Assessing the needs of black and minority ethnic children and families" The Child's World 2010 (Dutt, R and Phillips, M).Ratna is chair of an adoption panel in a London local authority and vice chair of another.
She is also a member of the recently set up "NHS Future Forum". She received an OBE in 2000 for her work in race equality.,