Patrick was an articled clerk with the Hull firm of Hodgson Harris from 1969 to 1973, where he gained valuable experience in dealing with a wide range of clients from incomplete records to plc audits, and from trust accounts to the financial affairs of large farms and estates.
After qualifying in 1974 he held a number of senior financial roles in Yorkshire and moved to London in 1981. For a while he was Group Chief Internal Auditor of Taylor Woodrow plc, the international construction company and house builder based in South West London. He set up in practice on his own in Richmond-upon-Thames in 1990 and soon afterwards acquired the Great Bookham practice of Frank Bambury & Co. He disposed of the combined practice in 1994, retaining the name and a few private accountancy and tax clients.
Before going back into full time practice as a chartered accountant in 2014, Patrick held senior positions with a variety of charities and not-for-profit organisations as well as with local and central Government. His last appointment was as Secretary and Executive Director of The Magistrates’ Association, the membership organisation for some 29,000 Justices of the Peace.
Patrick is now very much a general practitioner, looking after the business, accounting and taxation affairs of a wide range of clients. Because of his background in the charity/not-for-profit sector he has a special interest in charity accounting. He sat on CIPFA’s Charity & Social Enterprise Panel and for many years was the Hon Treasurer of The Heraldry Society.
Patrick’s first experience of computers was using punched cards to run a simple computer program back in 1969. Since then he has kept abreast of developments in computers and software, especially that that affect practicing accountants like himself. He is an experienced user of Sage and QuickBooks, but is nowadays a passionate advocate of Xero, which he describes as “the answer to an accountant’s prayer” and “the next best thing to sliced bread”!
- Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- Certified Xero Advisor
Decorations and awards:
- SBStJ (Serving Brother of the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem)
For 28 years Patrick was on the St John Council for London (now the London Regional Priory Group) as the Hospitaller for London. He was also the Divisional President at Wimbledon and later at Crystal Palace & Anerley. He is now a Companion of the Order of Malta and regularly assists with the Order’s annual pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Patrick is a Freeman of the City of London and joined the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, one of the ancient livery companies of the City of London, as a Liveryman in 1988. Since then he has joined the Company’s Court of Assistants and will one day, all things being equal, serve his year as the Master Scrivener.
In addition to regularly singing in the choir of his local Catholic Church, his specialised interests are heraldry and genealogy. He is regularly quoted in The Times on royalty and peerage matters.