Patrick Maloney - Director

Patrick Maloney could have been Billy Elliot, if only he could sing or dance.

Born in 1970 in Barnsley growing up in a council house, his dad was a miner for 20-odd years. Patrick was 11 when the miners went on strike. He didn’t go to University but he did have a work ethic and resilience instilled in him from his parents.

Patrick did a Higher National Diploma at Barnsley Technical College and went to work in recruitment in Leeds. At 22, his career took off in what he described as a ‘fairy tale’. The boy from Barnsley became Managing Director of a global company, Randstad, with a turnover in excess of £250m.

Randstad, a Dutch company, prioritised adult learning and Patrick studied a part of a mini-MBA in Barcelona and undertook leadership training led by a hostage negotiator in Geneva, before achieving an MBA at the London Business School.

At Randstad, Patrick was Operations Director for eight years, before becoming Managing Director of Randstad Education, Sales, Retail and Business Support.

In 2012, he left to form his own company, Lead Talent. A management consultancy, Lead Talent helps rapidly growing SME businesses with strategic planning. In the last seven years, Lead Talent has generated £50m of additional profit for its clients. Patrick specialises in strategy and Leadership development, helping organisations not only with strategies but to also execute their plans.

A fair person, who leads from the front, Patrick inspires business leaders, helping them identify where to go, coaching them on how to get there. He loves seeing the potential in people.

He first got involved with Key Fund as a client at Lead Talent after its change of leadership in 2016. Patrick advised on strategy, acted as a mentor, and helped the team’s direction and drive. He was asked to join the board in 2019. 

Patrick brings valued qualities to the board. He offers a reality check, thanks to his commercial expertise. Running his own consultancy, he brings real life experience of the market place, in the here and now, where nothing is a given. He understands the challenges. As grant funding becomes harder to secure, his expertise is grounded in the real world.

As a working-class lad who can really relate to a lot of the challenges and the deprivation in South Yorkshire, he is passionate about Key Fund’s work. He helps make the board relevant to the audience it serves.

With his focus on leadership and people development, Patrick is keen to look at talent development and succession planning for Key Fund, to ensure its strong values continue while adapting to meet the future. 

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