Patrick O'Connell

Patrick O'Connell

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Dr Patrick O’Connell has more than 30 years' experience of managing large, complex, multi-billion-dollar efforts in the IT, health, Olympics, telecommunications, aerospace, defence, NATO, and pension sectors.

Patrick is currently the Executive Director for the US Navy’s global Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education organisation, transforming and modernising the entire enterprise end to end, from organisation, to processes, to technology.

Previous roles have been Chairman and CEO of Aquilia, an Air Traffic Management Service company modernising the UK’s MOD systems, and President of Transformation and Major Programmes at Serco UK and Europe. Patrick has also served as President, Major Programmes Division, British Telecom, where he turned around ₤8 billion in contracts in the defence, health and pension sectors. He has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Command Systems International, based in Paris. In this role, he spearheaded a multi-national joint venture to unify NATO's Air Command and Control Systems across 15 nations.

Patrick has taught the management of large-scale systems at graduate level at multiple universities. 

He was instrumental in setting up Saïd Business School’s MSc in Major Programme Management, and later served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Centre for Major Programmes Management. Patrick was the Practitioner Director for Major Programme Management and the Major Projects Leadership Academy.