Patrick McKenna

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Pat's research interests are in the fields of organisational and social systems and strategy. Pat is an applied researcher and specialises in evaluation and strategy development for businesses, not-for-profits, governments, and universities.

Pat offers the following consulting services to government, businesses, and not-for-profits: program evaluation, strategic planning, business case development, literature reviews, research, and grant/tender writing.

Pat is the Director of Strategic Projects (Research) at Charles Sturt University and has professional experience working in the community sector and government designing and implementing social services for vulnerable Australians, through the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Emergency Relief National Coordination Group, and the Department of Social Services Financial Wellbeing Branch. Prior to this, Pat held senior executive finance, general management, and governance roles in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Pat has led contemporary research and evaluation projects relating to the governance, design, and delivery of emergency relief services, homelessness services, crisis accommodation, online gambling harm minimisation, employment services, small business restructuring, and higher degree by research programs.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Management, Master of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

21 Feb 202123 Jan 2023

Award Date: 09 Mar 2023

Business, Executive Master of Business Administration, Queensland University of Technology

18 Jan 201915 Jan 2021

Award Date: 08 Mar 2021

External positions

Deputy Chair, Directions Health Services Ltd

01 Aug 2017 → …


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