Paul was born in the City of Salford in 1962, the youngest of two children. Paul has a private sector work background in middle and senior administrative management roles.
He has extensive experience in public service, having been a member of Salford Community Health Council from 1985 – 1995, serving 5 years as Chairman. In 1995 Paul was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Manchester Children’s Hospitals NHS Trust, encompassing Royal Manchester Children’s and Booth Hall Children’s Hospitals, until the trust merger in 2001. He is been a trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau for over 20 years and Chairman of the Combined Hospital CAB for 11 years.
He was sworn in as a Magistrate at Salford Courthouse in 1997 were he served until transferring to Stockport Magistrates Court in 2001, where he was later elected Deputy Bench Chairman and the last Chairman of the Stockport Bench at the creation of the Greater Manchester Bench.
Paul was Chairman of the GM Family Panel for 6 years before being elected as the Chairman of the Greater Manchester Bench for the period April 2019 – March 2022.
He is Chairman of the Greater Manchester Magistrates Association Branch, which has a very active Magistrates in the Community program, currently working in collaboration with other agencies to address Violence Prevention through Virtual Education.
Paul is a Director / Trustee of the Wellspring [Stockport] Ltd, where he is Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee and is also Clerk to his local Parish Council and Chairman of the management committee of his local parish hall. He is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of Stockport Sea Cadets and Treasurer for Stockport Armed Forces Community Organisation [SAFCO]. Paul is also a Governor of Stockport Grammar School, a trustee of David Lewis Centre and a trustee of The Vernon Charitable Foundation.
He is currently a carer for a disabled former partner