Patrick joined the SNP in 1997, aged 17. Originally from Inverness, he has made Glasgow his home since moving there as a student, with spells living and working in London and Malawi.
Patrick has worked in a range of policy and campaigning positions in the charity and public sectors and, with a strong personal and professional interest in international development, he served as Advocacy Manager for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) prior to his election in 2015.
He has held a number of SNP responsibilities and was National Secretary of the Party between 2012 and 2016. He was also the SNP Candidate for Glasgow North in the 2010 General Election.
Following his reflection in June as MP for Glasgow North, Patrick was appointed SNP Chief Whip in the House of Commons and a Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, having been SNP International Development Spokesperson and a member of the Procedure Committee in the last Parliament.