Patrick himself has 21 years experience in Civil Contingencies work. He has provided advice to airports, banks, central government departments, colleges, fire services, industrial concerns, libraries, local authorities, police forces, prisons, retail outlets, transport companies, utilities, and voluntary organisations.
He has created a wide range of emergency plans, business continuity plans, and training courses. He has been involved in the operational response to several major incidents, including fuel shortages, water shortages, foot-and-mouth, flooding, transport accidents, and reception of foreign evacuees.
Patrick is a Fellow of the Emergency Planning Society and a Member of the Business Continuity Institute. He has a first Degree in Humanities, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a 7307 Teacher Training Certificate.
Patrick was the Chief Emergency Planning Officer for County Durham and Darlington for ten years. He is also the former Chairman of the UK Emergency Planning Society, which is the national professional body for all those involved in crisis management. Patrick led the Society’s input into discussions with the Home Office, Cabinet Office, and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with regard to the progress of the Civil Contingencies Bill.
He is the only practitioner to have been called to give expert evidence to both the House of Commons Defense Committee and the House of Lords/House of Commons Joint Scrutiny Committee on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill.