Background

Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently Chairman of board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA- Education Sub Saharan Africa and also of the Chartered Management Institute’s Board of Companions. Patrick is also member of the advisory boards of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the FT NED club and a former chairman of smart materials business D3O.  

His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc where, until 2012, he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum.

From 1990 to 1997 he built a resource of over 600 experienced directors who were appointed to over 2,000 boards for 3i in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. The programme he established became widely recognised as a model of adding value and a leader in best practice. As a member of the Higgs review in 2003 Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.

The author of three successful books on the subject, He has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last twenty years including for the BVCA, EVCA, FT and ICAEW and Cranfield's own NXD Programme. He has helped Chairman across a wide range of sectors to transform the effectiveness of their boards. These have included start-ups; buy out businesses, long established family companies as well as major public organisations. Today he provides this service through Boardelta.

Patrick has a passion for education and was a member of the General Council of the University of Warwick from 2006 to 2015. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, and Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School.

He also has extensive experience of developing social enterprises using venture philanthropy techniques, most notably with Leap where he is Patron and was Chair, from 2006 to 2015, and with Warwick in Africa which he founded in 2006. Warwick in Africa has now benefitted over 370,000 young Africans with transformed Maths and English teaching.