Patricia joined the Carnegie Trust in September 2012 and is currently the Trust’s Manager. Of English and Dutch descent, Patricia was born and raised in France. She studies in the Netherlands, obtaining an MA in English Studies (1995) followed by a PhD (2001) in Comparative Literature, both from the University of Leiden. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American Studies, University of Virginia in 1999.
After her PhD, Patricia worked as a consultant in the Paris office of an American marketing consultancy firm. Moving to Scotland in 2005 in search of a cooler clime, Patricia then held a number of part-time teaching positions with the universities of Stirling, St Andrews and the Open University. Joining the ranks of university administrators, she was the first member of staff of the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, set up in 2008 by the University of Strathclyde to develop knowledge exchange activities in collaboration with other Scottish universities.
Patricia loves to bake and recently took up sewing classes. Most Saturday mornings, she can be found volunteering at her local Parkrun. She enjoys swimming and pilates when not visiting cinemas, theatres and museums or exploring Scotland with her partner, Daniel.