Patrick is an inhouse lawyer at Macquarie, where he works in their infrastructure debt asset management team. When he's not helping move capital into big infrastructure projects, Patrick is immersed in the world of music - either playing himself or helping to organise the Pico Players, a full sized symphony orchestra for amateur players, which he co-founded in 2014.
Why do you do what you do?
I've always liked playing around with words and this is just one rather extreme way of indulging that. It makes me use my brain, I get involved in interesting discussions about wind turbines (most of which I don't understand but I've got good at pretending) and there is a piano room across the corridor.
What do you think helps make you good at what you do?
I think I'm fairly level-headed and unstressy at work; it probably lapses into cynicism too often, but it can be helpful in difficult situations. I suppose my training as a city lawyer (where I do remember being stressed frequently) taught me that nothing is ever quite as bad as it first seems.
What book do you most frequently recommend?
I think everyone should read "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. It's an amazing story and a fascinating introduction to a specific line of philosophy. Also at a time when we are all worried about accidentally using micro-aggressive pronouns, it's quite a good lesson on perspective.
What are your plans or ambitions for the next 6 months?
Music plays a key role in my life and a lot of my ambitions at the moment are around the amateur orchestra I set up a few years ago with Rosie Wintour (The Pico Players). This is our 5th Anniversary year and we are looking to go from strength to strength with a few events in store.
What's your breakfast of choice?
I raid the office kitchen area for as much free fruit as I can find (there's normally a run on the plums) and then settle down with some Weetabix and a flat white. All coffee tastes the same to me and I have no idea what a flat white is exactly, but other people seem to drink them so I just copy them.