Born in North Queensland in the small township of Tully. Schooled in Mount Isa, Nambour and Brisbane. Travelled extensively in his youth, and raised two children as a single parent. His work history started out in the Automotive industry rising through the ranks to General Manager of a chain of automotive retail outlets, after extensive experience in the manufacturing and wholesale side of the industry. Patrick changed over to the hospitality industry in the mid 1980’s and managed Motels in North Queensland for approximately 5 years. Upon returning to Brisbane in the late 1980’s, Patrick commenced employment in the Publishing Industry eventually registering his own company in 1989. Publishing magazines for the Regional Airline of Australia, Marine Industry, Resource Industry, NSW Trains and recently buying the national publication The Tradie magazine. Registered the Event Management business side of the company, Trade Show Organisers in 2001. Patrick has owned a similar company structure in New Zealand since 2007.