Pat joined Newcastle City Council as Chief Executive in 2013. Since then, she has overseen a period of sustained, leading-edge growth and renewal in the city, at the Stephenson Quarter site, delivering the impressive Rise housing development at Scotswood and playing a leading role in securing the multi-million-pound investment deal to bring Legal and General to Newcastle’s flagship Helix development. Alongside this, Pat has established a culture of transformation in the way the Council delivers services with partners. This includes creating innovative new models for leisure and parks as well as reforming services which protect the most vulnerable people such as children’s social care and delivering new, supported housing fit for the future.
Pat continues to play an active role in shaping and influencing national policy and regularly contributes to national thinking on key policy issues such as public service reform, housing and transport. She has taken a leading role in driving proposals for devolution of powers and funding for the region and led on negotiations with government for the North of Tyne devolution deal.
Pat is the interim chief executive of the new North of Tyne Combined Authority.
Pat worked closely with police and other partners to respond and support victims as part of Operation Sanctuary and led the high profile media response on conclusion of the trials.
Pat is a former Chief Executive of the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) where she led delivery of the Affordable Homes Programme, decent homes, and locally led economic development.
Before joining HCA, Pat was Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Strategy at One North East, leading the Regional Economic Strategy and action plan, as well as leading development of the Objective 2 programme for the North East. Prior to this, she was Deputy Chief Executive of The Wise Group, a prominent employment and training company in Scotland and the North of England.