Brian Patterson

“Brian is an experienced executive and team coach and has trained in a number of leading-edge coaching disciplines.”

Brian Patterson Team coach for top teams T: +353 (0)1 20 66 724
M: +353 (0)87 927 3136
E: brian.patterson@praesta.ie

An executive coach for over 10 years, Brian has extensive experience of working in organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. He coaches senior executives, CEOs and Chairs and has worked extensively with boards and leadership teams.

He has also worked internationally on Shell’s Senior Executive Development Programme and lectures on leadership, strategy and change. Brian has trained in a number of leading-edge coaching disciplines and contributes regularly to thought leadership in our practice.

In his early career, Brian played a leading role in the modernisation of Guinness, becoming Personnel Director at a relatively young age. This was followed by 5 exciting years as Director General of the Irish Management Institute. He then joined Waterford Wedgwood Plc, becoming Chief Operating Officer of Waterford Crystal.

In 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Wedgwood Group and moved to the UK where he led a major restructuring and international rebranding initiative. During this period he was featured on the BBC2 programme “Back to the Floor”. He left Wedgwood in 2001 to return to Ireland and retired from the Board of Waterford Wedgwood in 2004.


He has served as Chairman of The Irish Times, the National Competitiveness Council, the Financial Regulator and Vodafone Ireland. He has served on the boards of An Post, Waterford Stanley Ltd., Ogilvy Group Ireland, James’s Hospital and as a Trustee of Northern Ireland’s Centre for Trauma and Transformation.

He was a Governor of The National College of Ireland and a member of the Government’s Tourism Policy Review Group. Brian also works as an investor/mentor with young entrepreneurs and has served as Chairman of emerging companies Orreco and Scurri.

Brian has coached and mentored many leaders, both formally and informally, during his career and has worked in a wide range of sectors and industries where he contributes his own insights to the client’s situation. For him, each coaching client is a unique individual, with a unique personality, history and leadership style.

Brian has many and varied interests. Music of all genres is a big part of his life. He reads widely, enjoys sailing, fishing and the occasional game of golf. However, Brian’s most important interests are his family and friends.

He holds a BA (Economics, English and Philosophy) from University College Dublin; is a Fellow of both the Irish Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. In 1983 he represented Ireland as an Eisenhower Fellow in the United States.