An established professional in the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) business world, with 40 years of varied experience, Paul has worked within Local Government, as a careers adviser in schools and colleges in Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire – and within Higher Education at Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria).
In 1994, he became Chief Executive of one of the first privately owned careers companies, serving York & North Yorkshire – then winning further contracts in West Yorkshire, Central and West London – and establishing Guidance Enterprises Group.
Between 1990 & 2005 Paul served nationally as – President of the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG: 1992/3); and as a non-executive Director of the following – the Guidance Council, the Careers Services National Association, the Guidance Accreditation Board, and the Pathfinder Careers Charity. Paul became self-employed in 2005, forming Boundary Partnership.
A founding member in 2003 of Careers England Paul served on its Board of Directors and was then separately contracted to act as Careers England’s Executive Director for 10 years until stepping down at the end of September 2014.
Paul was awarded a Fellowship by the ICG in November 2011 and therefore is now a Legacy Fellow of the Career Development Institute.
In December 2011 Paul was appointed to provide project leadership for the Quality in Careers Standard (which was initially established to provide national validation for England’s 12 CEIAG quality awards). In March 2017, the Quality in Careers Standard became the single national quality award replacing the earlier 12 awards.
Paul continues this work as the Quality in Careers Director on behalf of the Quality in Careers Consortium which owns and governs the national Standard (Paul also acts as the Consortium’s Organising Secretary)
Paul lives in North Yorkshire. He has been a Governor of The Dales School (An “Outstanding” Special School for young people aged 4-19) in North Yorkshire since 2001. He is currently Chairman of the Governing Body.