Leadership Series 2014 - Clongowes Wood College

Posted: 10th November 2014

Clongowes Foundation Leadership Series

The Clongowes Foundation Leadership Series re-emerged following a hiatus since 2012 with an inspiring and humble delivery by Patrick Joy (OC ‘69). EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Patrick is founder of Suretank Ltd, the world’s largest manufacturer of offshore transport tanks for the oil exploration industry. A globally recognised leader in the field Patrick gave insight into how – in 19 years – this organisation has grown from a turnover of €1m to €83m. Patrick’s ability to infuse into his company the culture of customer service, product innovation and global thinking has been the cornerstone of the organisation’s success.


Patrick’s leadership style resonated strongly with the assembled audience of current parents, guests and Old Clongownians (representing a time span from 1952 – 2012!). Building a team around him that is infused with a culture of integrity, fairness and responsibility is what he holds most valuable. Patrick shared a few leadership nuggets on the night;

  • Lead by example, don’t be a desk jockey
  • Think big and don’t be afraid to dream
  • The speed of the team is the speed of the leader

Having credited much of his success to his backroom team, his wife Mary and his four OC sons and daughter at the end of the day it was his own brother John who almost stole the show…

’If Carlsberg did brothers they’d do Paddy Joy’!


Pictured (above) at the Clongowes Foundation Leadership Series in the Clyde Court Hotel Dublin 4 were Michael Ryan (OC’ 76), Fr. Leonard Moloney SJ, Patrick Joy (OC’69), Fr Michael Sheil SJ (OC ’56) and Martin Nugent.

Clongowes Foundation hosts The Leadership Series on an annual basis; details circulated in advance by email. Please update the Foundation with your email contact details to ensure that you are notified of all Clongowes events.

Email: aburns@clongowes.net

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