Pat is a lawyer who is a former member of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Randwick Conference and a former Children's Officer at St Vincent de Paul Society, Sydney Archdiocese.

He is currently involved in attempts to create a new social justice speaker’s forum, the Good Studies Society.

Pat is a former director of Youth Action (the peak body representing youth and the youth sector in NSW), the Law Society of New South Wales and the Law Council of Australia. He currently sits on the board of SHINE for Kids and Coogee Surf Life Saving Club. He has degrees in Commerce, Law, Public Policy and International Law & Security.