Born in Glasgow, Patrick was educated in Scotland and later as a Bramshill Police Scholarship holder at the London School of Economics and Political Science graduating in Economics and Finance (1970). He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1956 serving for 30+ years. His appointments included Deputy Commissioner of Police for the Seychelles 1976 – 77 and Commissioner of Police for the Republic of Kiribati 1982 – 90, followed by service as a Police Adviser to the Government of Belize 1990 – 1992.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service 1990.
Patrick subsequently worked for the volunteering agency British Executive Service Overseas (1994 – 2000) securing experts for and undertaking overseas development assignments. He currently holds senior positions in the associations of the private security industry.
A member of the Catholic Police Guild for several decades, he served as Secretary and Chairman of the Guild in the 1960s and 70s and was instrumental in reorganising the Guild into a national organisation in 1974.
In 2008 he was asked to again take charge of the Guild and worked to increase its membership and effectiveness with good results. In 2010 he accepted the Guild’s invitation to be the first Lay President of the Guild.
An active member of the Westminster Cathedral parish for many years, he was in 2008 awarded the Diocesan Medal for Voluntary Service to the diocese and support of its Bishops.
A Freeman of the City and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals of the City of London. He resides with his wife Nan in Central London.