She joins ABFI from the Small Firms Association where she’s been Director since 2006. As SFA Director Patricia has led the development and implementation of the organisation’s five-year strategic plan including a rebrand of the SFA as well as a new constitution and governance structure. Patricia has developed a strong media profile, becoming a familiar face as the spokesperson for small business in Ireland. She’s built an excellent reputation among policy decision-makers and is regularly invited to participate at high level national and EU level fora.
She joined IBEC in 1997 as a Business Services Officer in the Mid-West office before moving to Dublin as an Executive and later as Assistant Director with the Small Firms Association before taking on the role of Director.
Patricia holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Limerick, a BA (mod) in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Management from DIT and a Diploma in Employment Law from the National College of Ireland. She replaces Ross MacMathuna who has moved to business consultancy Accenture.