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Paul was Deputy Chief Education Officer for Devon between 1990 and 1996. He went on to be CEO in Surrey for the following decade. He set up the UK’s first integrated children’s service and also the first public/private partnership for school support services which developed into Babcock. He had many national roles including chair of the influential QCA Curriculum Committee and board member of the National Youth Agency. He was Lord Dearing’s personal adviser on Education and Social Care.

In 2006 he was invited to be part of the (then) Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and led interventions in underperforming Councils.

He is a senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Visiting Professor and in 2004 was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London for services to education.

Prior to that he was a senior officer in Cambridgeshire and developed the Local Management of Schools and Colleges. Previously he was an academic, teacher and college Vice-Principal.

He is mostly retired and devotes himself to voluntary work. Amongst other things he chairs a number of charities and trusts across the County.

He lives in Exeter with his wife and teenage son.

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