Patrick Dunne BSc MBA

Cranfield School of Management

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Patrick Dunne

Visiting Professor, Chairman Leap Confronting Conflict


Patrick Dunne


  • Boards
  • International management
  • Strategy
  • Conflict resolution
Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc where, until 2012, he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum. 3i has £7bn of Assets under management. He is also a member of the advisory board of The Entrepreneurs Fund a Euros 200m venture fund.

From 1990 to 1997 he built a resource of over 600 experienced directors who were appointed to over 2,000 boards for 3i in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. The programme he established became widely recognised as a model of adding value and a leader in best practice.

The author of three successful books on the subject, Patrick is also member of the Financial Times NED club’s advisory board and a tutor on the FT NXD certificate. He has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last twenty years including for the BVCA, EVCA and ICAEW and helped Chairman across a wide range of sectors to transform the effectiveness of their boards. These have included start-ups; buy out businesses, long established family companies as well as major public organisations. As a member of the Higgs review in 2003 Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.

He has a passion for education and is a member of the General Council of the University of Warwick, a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management and a member of Business in the Community’s education leadership group..

Patrick also has extensive experience of developing social enterprises using venture philanthropy techniques, most notably with Leap where he is Chairman and with Warwick in Africa which he founded in 2006. He is also a member of the advisory board of Bridges Ventures Social Entrepreneurs fund.

Leap is the leading UK charity in the youth and conflict space. It has pioneered a number of innovative approaches to working with gangs and young offenders as well as helping thousands of young people to make more positive choices about their futures.

in Africa is transforming the teaching of Maths and English in township schools in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania. It has now benefitted over 120,000 young Africans and is achieving dramatic improvements in attendance (up c 50%) and performance (30 to 40% better). Standard Chartered is one of WIA’s supporters in South Africa.

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