Patricia grew up in Scotland. She has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and a post graduate diploma in HR from the University of the West of England, Bristol.  Patricia worked for Marks & Spencer in HR and then in finance before moving into education as a School Business Manager in a UK state school. She was then Bursar and Company Secretary of two HMC boarding schools in the UK before moving to Switzerland.

Since arriving in Switzerland in 2008, Patricia has served as Bursar and Secretary to the Board of Aiglon College.