Paul was born and raised in Nottingham. After training in Hull, he began his career in teaching maths and science at a secondary school in Lancashire, and then moved back to Nottinghamshire where he worked for 20 years at Tuxford Academy.

During his career, Paul was involved in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular areas of school life, including leading post 16 at Tuxford and Hucknall Sixth Form Centre. In 2017, he took on a strategic development role across Diverse Academies, helping to ensure students enjoyed the best opportunities in post 16 and in their personal development education. In 2021, he was also involved with a project to help alleviate the impact of school-related cost pressures on families and young people.

Paul has enjoyed working with colleagues in a variety of settings, including secondary, primary and special academies, and believes that education is fundamental to enabling character development, enhancing the community and establishing career pathways. Now retired, Paul hopes to be able to continue to make a contribution as a trustee, working towards Diverse Academies’ mission to create brighter tomorrows. He believes that school helps young people to discover their pathway in life – they deserve to have the opportunity to achieve their best and to enjoy their time at school. And, that it is equally important that staff feel they are well supported in their career development.

Outside of education, Paul also volunteers for Green’s Windmill and Science Centre in Nottingham and is a health and social care mentor for the Prince’s Trust.