Paul was born, raised and educated in Birmingham. He retired from substantive roles in the NHS in January 2017, after 38 years’ service; nearly 20 of which were as a Chief Officer or Chief Executive. He has led a wide range of NHS organisations, as well as being recognised both regionally and nationally for his work This has included: perinatal services; critical care; renal and transplantation services; services for older people; and chairing a number of clinical networks and task groups to deliver improved services. Paul was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health by Distinction in 2010.
Paul worked in Birmingham-based community and primary care services for 15 years, in a number of leadership roles in commissioning and service provision. In 2012, Paul was the interim Chief Executive for mental health services in Solihull.
Paul has an equally long history of charitable and voluntary work. He has chaired a number of charitable and social enterprise initiatives, as well as educational institutions, and is currently Chair Elect of the ExtraCare Charitable Trust; a national charity which builds communities for older people. He is also a non-executive director of the Gold Standards Framework, which accredits and trains organisations to deliver end-of-life care, and also non-executive chair of Welcome Wellbeing CIC.