Paul joined the Fire Service in 1978 working in the busy central Birmingham area. He progressed through senor positions at the national Fire Service College in Gloucestershire, Suffolk Fire Service and Norfolk Fire Service, before being appointed as Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service in 2005.
In addition to his local work, Paul has held a number of key Government and Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) roles. Key appointments included membership of the National Fire Safety Committee, national officer for flooding and environment issues, member of the Environment Agency Strategic Partnership Group, the UK Search and Rescue Strategic Group, and advisor to the Local Government Association on water matters.
Paul has represented the UK as a “civil resilience and flood response expert” on a number of EU projects and exercises and has worked extensively on strategic incident command challenges with colleagues in the EU, and with FRS, FEMA and DHS colleagues in the US.
Since leaving the fire and rescue service in 2010, Paul has worked on a number of safety and resilience projects including a UN sponsored role in Mongolia where he assisted the National Emergency Management Agency in devolvement of operational policies for a range of major disasters. His most recent UN deployment has been to assist the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where he has designed and implemented a Business Continuity programme across all Government Ministries.