Pat is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research currently focusses on how people work virtually and how real teams can be created even when working remotely. He lectures on leadership, organizational behaviour and crisis management. He has carried out research and consultancy with a wide range of businesses such as Barclays, Shell and Jaguar Landrover and also in the public sector - British Army, Fire Service and in security. Pat continues to work with top teams in organisations to develop individual and team skills and regularly coaches senior executives on a one to one basis.
Previously he was at Aston Business School where he taught a very large group of first year undergraduates introduction to Organisational Behaviour. His first book "How to Write Successful Business and Management Essays" was written in response to student feedback - students wanted specific rules about how to write essays at university. His co authors - Markus Hasel and Jane Matthiesen (now Jane Lé) were previously tutors on the course and had also worked closely with students supporting their learning. The book is designed to assume no prior knowledge of essay writing so starts from very first principles and enables students to learn the process of essay writing step by step.
His second book - Study Skills for Business and Management: How to Succeed at University and Beyond - was co-written with a former student Christos Orthodoxou. It is aimed at accelerating the process of learning how to do well at university. Whilst it is clearly aimed at business and management students, the concepts, ideas and techniques are valid for all students. Additionally, the book sets out how to bridge from university into the graduate's career and shows how the techniques for learning at university can be applied to the work place.
Pat's first job was as a soldier where he served a total of 6 years which included NATO and UN deployments. After the army, he joined a recruitment consultancy where he became Sales Director before selling up and taking a degree in Cognitive Science (Westminster) and a PhD in Industrial Psychology (Aberdeen).
Outside of work he follows Aston Villa Football Club and plays the ukelele.