Patrick Kidd

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Patrick Kidd

CEO, Invictus Games Sydney 2018

PRESENTATION TOPIC:Best Practice Case Study: Invictus Games

CONFERENCE TRACK: Best Practice Case Studies

Patrick Kidd was appointed as the CEO of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 in January 2017 and was seconded from Deloitte until December 2018.

Patrick has been a principle consultant with Deloitte since the start of 2015 having joined after a 30-year career in the British and Australian defence forces. He has extensive experience leading teams to deliver complex programmes involving many different nations and multiple stakeholders. He has had operational service across the Balkans, Middle east and Afghanistan where he has worked in partnership with the Armed forces from many different nations.   

He holds an MBA (Open University) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Session Overview

The Invictus Games use the healing power of sport to inspire and support the recovery and rehabilitation of those people who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving in their nation’s military.  The Games are unique in that they formally recognise the role played by families and friends in that recovery process. Sydney hosted the 4th iteration of these Games for 500 competitors and over 1000 family members in October 2018.  Over 7 days of competition they were attended by 100 000 spectators and watched on the ABC by over 5 million Australians’.


This presentation will describe the Invictus Games Sydney – what they stood for, how they were planned and what was delivered – and draw out a number of observations and lessons about what them so special for all those involved.

Three key takeaways from Patrick’s presentation:

  • Maximising the impact of an event
  • The power of purpose importance of legacy and purpose in planning
  • The need for a recognisable legacy

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