Pat is a geographer-planner, studying the first at Newcastle University and planning at Oxford Poly, as was. He came to Yorkshire for the glorious job of Village Plans Assistant at the Whitby area planning office, which covered a quarter of the North Riding.
After Ryedale, Pat spent thirteen years at the North York Moors National Park, then went to East Lindsey in Lincolnshire for twelve years as Assistant Director in charge of planning. He has freelanced since 2000, mainly doing LPA support, especially at Harrogate, York and back to the NYM, but also at Selby and Scarborough.
He also works for private clients. Pat was programme secretary for the Yorkshire Branch in the 80s and since 2000 has sat on the Yorkshire Conference committee. He was branch chairman in 2002 and has for many years been on the Planning Summer School committee, carrying out such tasks as preparing pub guides for the York summer schools.
Pat was presented with an RTPI Award for Outstanding Service by RTPI President Phil Williams at the RTPI Yorkshire Lecture and Reception held at Leeds Civic Hall on 28 July 2016.