Patrick started his career as a regional journalist in Sheffield and then with magazines in London in the late Eighties.
He then moved to communications roles within the media, first with BBC News and then with the Telegraph Group where he worked with, among others, Charles Moore, Boris Johnson, Dominic Lawson and, of course, Andrew Gilligan who managed to move between Telegraph and BBC with similar discretion.
Patrick went on to help corporates, individuals and NGOs manage their relations and reputations with the media both in-house and through agencies and also became Director General of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). The industry body for PR consultants, it is a member organisation aiming to enhance and certify best practice while promoting the value of PR consultancy.
Under his auspices it recovered its finances and membership, expanding its scope into education, events, 'state of the nation' industry measurement and commentary on reputational issues. All experience which he is keen to bring to the Media Society and in support of which he is willing to organise and undertake an appropriate event.
A contributor to two of John Mair's 'Hackademic' works on Hackgate and the BBC after Savile, Patrick is also a regular contributor to media discussion on reputation and now heads his own agency, Reputation Communications, specialising in crisis and issues management on behalf of corporates, the City and NGOs.