An accomplished public and private sector executive, Patrick O’Connell previously served as interim program and strategy director of the United Kingdom’s High Speed 2 (HS2) national railway project. Prior to HS2, Patrick O’Connor served in various high-level roles including as practitioner director of the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at Oxford University. While at Oxford, he developed a new master of science degree in major programme management.
The part-time master's degree in major programme management is offered at Oxford’s Said Business School. It is intended for experienced program managers taking on some of the world’s most demanding challenges. The degree provides leaders with the skills necessary in managing the enormous challenges inherent in the planning and execution of major programs.
While most of the study can be completed from home, there are eight modules that must be completed at Oxford. There are also eight summative assessments as well as a dissertation. The study period totals 24 months. Graduates of the program are imbued with the confidence and ability to handle projects that can even impact an entire country
As executive director of the Chief of Naval Personnel, Patrick O’Connell draws upon his experience as the interim program and strategy director at High Speed Rail 2 Ltd. (HS2). Patrick O’Connell’s background, apart from HS2, includes a past role as chairman of the BT Centre for Major Program Management at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.
Said Business School stands out as one of the leading business schools in the world. Supported by faculty members with demonstrated excellence in their respective fields, Said offers 11 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in addition to a number of in-person and online courses. Through these offerings, the school endeavors to develop business professionals who will go on to hold positions at some of the world’s top organizations.
Oxford’s business program launched in 1965 with the founding of the Oxford Centre for Management Studies, now known as Green-Templeton College. In 1990 the university established the School of Management Studies, and in 1996, following a donation by billionaire philanthropist Wafic Said, Said Business School opened its doors. Today, the institution provides a world-class business education from its main facilities, Park End Street and Engrove Park.
Patrick O’Connell, a former program and strategy director of London’s High Speed Rail 2 Ltd. (HS2) rail program, has a wealth of experience leading, managing, and executing major programs for the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, Patrick O’Connell has been responsible for a number of major and transformational programs like HS2 in London and Washington D.C., mostly in the sectors of health, IT, space, defense, and aviation. A well-respected faculty member of the University of Oxford, Mr. O’Connell established the masters of science in major programme management at the university in 2008.
The part-time MSc in major programme management was developed to meet the need of senior executives seeking to build their project management skills while maintaining full-time employment. While enrolled, students apply best practices and the latest research to effectively execute highly complex, large-scale projects. The program is challenging and selective, with a total of 82 students admitted annually.
The 24-month program is divided into eight 4-day modules that are taught at the Saïd Business School for 18 months. Students spend the final six months drafting, presenting, and defending a dissertation. After completing the program, graduates have access to the 16,000 member-strong Oxford Business Alumni Network.
The former director of HS2, Patrick O’Connell is the chief of naval personnel with the United States Navy. An active member of his professional community, former HS2 director Patrick O’Connell belongs to Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), the international honor society of business programs.
As part of its efforts to encourage academic achievement in business, BGS grants members access to numerous resources, including the Center for the Public Trust Ethical Leadership Certification Program. Made possible through a partnership between BGS and the Center for the Public Trust, the program is part of BGS’ attempt to assist members facing ethical dilemmas in the workplace. All collegiate members of BGS are eligible to enroll.
The program is offered online through six self-guided modules, which feature various Fortune 500 CEOs who discuss different topics relating to ethicality in the professional realm. Topics include ethical decision making, conflict management, and organization support. At the end of each module, students take a test to ensure they have learned the necessary information.
Upon completion of the course, students receive Ethical Leadership Certification, which gives them an advantage when applying to jobs.
The chief of naval personnel for the United States Navy, Patrick O’Connell has more than three decades of public and private senior executive experience.