professional highlights


Following completion of a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Higher Education at the National University Ireland, Patrick emigrated to Canada and undertook degrees in B. Ed., Masters of Ed. Admin and PhD., specialising in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Alberta.

While in Canada, Patrick was a teacher, deputy principal and principal (1966-1973). In 1978 he was appointed Assistant Professor in Ed. Admin at Memorial University in Newfoundland. In 1979, Patrick joined the staff of the University of New England (UNE) in New South Wales, Australia. In 1988 he took leave from UNE to establish a Post-graduate Program in Educational Management at the New University of Brunei (UBD) where he was promoted to Dean of the Faculty of Education. 

In 1993 he returned to the University of New England and served as Head of the Department of Administrative, Adult and Higher Education Studies. In June 1995, he took up the position of Foundation Chair in Educational Leadership at the Australian Catholic University (ACU National) as well as Head of the School of Educational Leadership.

For 13 years Patrick was Foundation Chair in Educational Leadership and Director of the new Flagship for Creative & Authentic Leadership at ACU National where he championed ethical and moral leadership, especially in not-for-profit organisations. Research undertaken focused on the ethical challenges confronting organisations in increasingly complex and competitive environments with a view to to assisting them to develop performance measures which are grounded in their mission, a clear set of values, and socially responsible indicators.

Currently he is Emeritus Professor at ACU National as well as Director, ‘Leading to Inspire.’ He is a leadership consultant to the Queensland Educational Leadership Institute (QELi) and an academic mentor to the University of Melbourne Masters of School Leadership (2010-2012).

Over the past 13 years Patrick has served as a Trustee with St John of God Health Care, which is Australia's third largest private hospital operator and largest Catholic not for profit private health group.

He has worked professionally in many Asian countries, including Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mongolia and Vietnam. Recently, he has presented to educational leaders in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Hong Kong.

Patrick & spouse Nuala