Patrick's background combines corporate management and strategic consulting. Corporate stints include Operations management in Africa and the Middle East with Shell International, Manager of Alaskan Oil for Standard Oil/BP in the US, Strategic Planning Chief Executive for the BOC Group. Consulting includes McKinsey in the US, PHI Associates and CRA from the UK. Since 1981 Patrick's independent strategy consulting practice has ranged over a wide variety of clients from large multinationals to small companies and includes project management and interim executive assignments. He is a Chartered Engineer with an engineering degree from Cambridge (St Catharine's College) and an MBA in finance from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.