Former CEO, Laidlaw UG Research and Leadership programme
With a first degree from Leeds and an MBA, Pat has held a number of Director roles in both the private sector, the NHS and Higher Education. She became the first senior female manager in a national firm of Builders Merchants ,held a number of specialist Leadership Development roles and became HR Director of a large acute hospital trust in Yorkshire when she was 33. HR Director roles followed in a national retailer and an international industrial organisation-both in the FTSE top 100. Pat joined the University of York in 2006 and was a member of the executive team and HR Director before being asked to join as CEO of the new Laidlaw Programme in 2017. With over 30 years involvement in a wide range of sectors and companies ,she has an enduring belief in the ability of learning and development to make a difference in any organisation and the need for training effective leaders at all levels being a core part of this.
As Lord Laidlaw, our Chairman, and Susanna Kempe, our CEO, met with scholars and alumni from around the world, many requested a way to meet ambitious peers, participate in leadership-in-action initiatives and collaborate on research projects for a better present. We welcome you to the Laidlaw Scholars Network, a social utility tool that allows you to do just this! Be the new generation of passionate, adaptive, ethical leaders.