Paul is a chartered town planner and has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) since 1984. He has over 30 years of experience working in Local Government.
He joined Plymouth City Council in 1991 and has held a variety of planning policy, project management and senior management posts, delivering a series of service modernisation programmes.
He delivered the regeneration programme of Plymouth’s historic Barbican which won the BURA/Secretary of State’s Award for Partnership in Regeneration in 1996 and led the radical Vision for Plymouth produced by Barcelona architect David Mackay in November 2003.
He oversaw the production of the Plymouth Core Strategy (the first and fastest adopted for a major English city) culminating in Plymouth winning the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup in February 2006 - and numerous other awards recognising Plymouth’s approach to community and spatial planning.
In 2016 Plymouth won the Silver Jubilee Cup for a second time, the only authority to have done so, for its Plan for Homes. It also won best local planning authority of the year in 2016.
He is a Planning Aid volunteer and LGA Peer. Paul has been a member of the RTPI England Policy Panel, an Honorary Professor of Planning at the University of Plymouth, and a Past Chair of the South West RTPI.
He is Chair of the South West ROOM@RTPI and sits on the Regional Management Committee. Paul was awarded a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Warwick in 2016 and is interested in the concept of Public Value.