He replaces outgoing Chief Executive Helen Down, who finished with up in the role at the end of July.
Patrick brings with him extensive experience in business development, senior leadership and operational roles involving customer facing relationships. His most recent position was in the government education sector, where Patrick supported the needs and voice of employers to inform policy. His role had a particular focus on working with employers and industry to connect them to future talent as part of helping address skills shortages.
His appointment has been welcomed by Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce President Mark Skelly.