Patrick is Development Director at the National Innovation Centre for Ageing located at Newcastle University. He has worked widely across the applied research and innovation arenas for over 30 years in organisations ranging from small technology start-ups to internationally recognised translational research laboratories. This includes 15 years working in PSREs and Science Agencies.
He is particularly interested in the construction and operation of innovation environments – physical and virtual; their organisational structures and functions and how they operate at regional, national and international scales. Over recent years he has developed a particular interest in deep collaboration co-location models where innovation and research assets sit alongside ‘users’ of such research expertise to drive open innovation, commercialisation and economic growth.
Patrick is Vice Chairman of the UK Science Park Association and a member of the Satellite Applications Catapult Regional Advisory Board. He is also a Professor of Practice in Innovation Environments at Newcastle University and acts as an Advisor to Government on the Ageing Grand Challenge.