Keynote Speaker & Master of Ceremonies


Patrick draws on more than 40 years experience as a journalist, television reporter & presenter, documentary maker and author.

He is a gifted speaker who sets an audience at ease with his gentle wit and direct manner and inspires them with his passion.

An acclaimed and widely experienced Master of Ceremonies, Patrick seamlessly steers a program, maintains pace and focus and brings out the best in his guests.

He has travelled widely and interviewed many of the world’s most fascinating characters, from prime ministers to pop stars, sportsmen to spivs, heroes to heroin dealers.


Patrick speaks on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • The Power of Storytelling

  • It's Never Too Late

  • Make the Most of You

  • The Spirit of Kokoda

  • The Spirit of The Digger

  • The Spirit of Giving

  • Finding Beauty


In developing his topics, Patrick draws on dramatic true stories from his personal experiences and from his work on books on The Spirit of KokodaThe Spirit of The Digger, the Bali bombing, FromellesThe Coast Watchers, his biographies and his It's Never Too Late series of inspirational books (It's Never Too Late, Now is The Time, Be Happy, Make the Most of You, High Hopes and Finding Beauty)..


Praise for Patrick

The overwhelming feedback I received was that it was an outstanding presentation and a highlight for many. You delivered some wonderful messages about the ANZAC spirit as embodied by those young kids who sacrificed their lives for their country.
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when you finished and I felt privileged to hear from you and learn more about this pivotal moment in Australia’s history.
— Alan Logan, General Manager, Apogee Financial Planning

Wow! What can I say!? Your presentation in Darwin was fantastic, it made everyone in the room so proud to be an Aussie. And as one that has lived overseas for nearly 20 years I must say that it was as moving a presentation as I have ever heard anywhere in the world.
— Bob Pritchard, International Marketer, MarketForceOne

Absolutely everyone said that you were inspiring, awesome, the best speaker all day, they could listen to you forever, when can they hear you again...
— Amanda Johnston, Director Marketing, BigPond

Many thanks for your sterling performance last night. A tough crowd to keep in order, happy and entertained. You managed all of that very well.
— Ateka Ringrose, Event Producer, Social Ventures Australia