Patricia was appointed as an Observer to the BTA board in December 2021.
Patricia’s most recent full-time role was as the first Head of Hillsborough Castle for Historic Royal Palaces. She led the £20m programme to open the Castle and Gardens to the public transforming it into a leading visitor attraction. Her role was diverse, including the development of the commercial operating model for the Castle; significant stakeholder engagement; and leading the employment and training of over 100 staff to support visitor services, host events and community engagement. She also negotiated the transfer of the Courthouse and Fort to HRP thereby safeguarding the future of these historic buildings.
As a Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Belfast her role is to support Royal and civic lieutenancy activity, including encouraging voluntary and charitable organisations and supporting local businesses. Patricia is also a member of the Board of The Grand Opera House Belfast.