Patrick started helping the Conservative Party at the end of the second world war. He helped his Mother deliver leaflets in that general election and has helped the Conservatives in every election since then. He joined the Young Conservatives in 1956 when he was 15, and became chairman of the YCs in Yardley in 1959. Patrick was Chairman of his University Conservative Association in 1964.
In 1990 he became Chairman of his ward and subsequently Chairman of the Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association in 1992. Patrick has been President of the Association since 1994 in addition to running the Two Cities Luncheon. The Luncheon has had all the Party leaders of the last 50 years as Guests of Honour and has raise very large sums for the Party – in excess of £100,000 some years. During his tenure as Chairman of the Association it enjoyed a strong swing to the Conservatives while there was a national swing to Labour. During this period the Association recruited between 350-400 new members each year.
His great Grandfather was an MP and his late cousin, Lord Evershed (the then Master of the Rolls) was a member of the House of Lords.
Patrick has worked in the City since 1997. Over the last 35 years he has been a unit trust fund manager, and for much of this time, he has been top, or near the top, of the performance tables. Between November 1999 and November 2004 the fund he ran was the top performing UK Unit Trust.
Patrick was awarded the CBE for public and political service in June 2019.