Patrick O'Connell

Patrick O'Connell

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Dr. Patrick O’Connell is President of Major Programmes at BT and Practitioner Director at Saïd Business School. He has a doctorate in Computer Science and taught the management of large-scale systems at The George Washington University for 15 years.

Patrick has more than 30 years' experience managing large, complex, multi-billion dollar efforts in both government and industry in the IT, Health, Olympics, Telecommunications, Aerospace, Defence, NATO, and Pension sectors in US, UK and European companies. He has successfully led over 20 major programmes.

Patrick is currently President, Major Programmes, Serco UK & Europe. His previous role was President, Major Government Programs at CH2M HILL, which he joined July 2011. Prior to that he was President, Major Programmes Division, British Telecom (2005-2011), headquartered in London, where he turned around ₤8 billion in contracts in the Defence, Health and Pension sectors. Before then, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Command Systems International (1999 – 2005), where he started up a multi-national joint venture headquartered in Paris, contracted to unify NATO's Air Command and Control Systems across 15 nations.

Previous positions include President of Hughes Civil Systems, Vice President and General Manager of Raytheon Information Systems, Director of Space Research and Development for the Department of the US Navy, and the Director for the US government’s Low Earth Orbit Systems.

Patrick has taught the management of large scale systems at the graduate level at multiple universities. He is presently the Chairman of the Advisory Board and Practitioner Director, Saïd Business School, Oxford University, where he was instrumental in starting the new Master of Science degree in Major Programme Management.

Patrick has worked in the USA, Japan, Italy, Spain, France and the UK and conducted business in over 30 countries.