Our People - Ms Patricia Leahy

Ms Patricia Leahy

Ms Patricia Leahy

Patricia has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, having started her career in the Treasury, moving on to industry and the City, and then to the National Audit Office, which she left in Novemeber 2009. As well as being a member of the Advisory Board for HaCIRIC, she is an Associate of the Centre for Public Service Partnerships which undertakes independent research and consultancy with a specific focus on partnership working. At the National Audit Office Patricia's key interest was in the drivers of value for money in partnership deals, including the impact of different corporate governance and accountability regimes, the importance of effective risk management and the need for a continuing focus on achieving anticipated benefits over the medium to long term. As well as carrying out reports for Parliament on health, education, housing and transport deals, Patricia co ordinated the NAO's international privatisation, regulation and PPP work, including international knowledge sharing and the production of generic guidance. She has also had articles published by the European Investment Bank and the IMF. Before that she spent six years in industry and the City. At Glaxo she worked for the Chairman on strategic issues such as acquisitions and joint ventures and on its interactions with local communities. At Rothschild and Schroders she acted for both public and private sector clients in the UK and abroad, gaining insights into the impact of different ways of structuring and managing deals. 10 years as a fast stream Treasury administrator dealing with assistance to industry, international economic developments and general public expenditure policy gave Patricia a good grounding in the workings of the civil service and extensive contacts. She is married with one daughter, aged 14, and has a degree in Economics and Italian from the School of European Studies at Sussex University.