Beginning his career in strategic consulting with W S Atkins, Paul then spent approximately two decades in senior management in the automotive sector in UK and North America, with Massey Ferguson and Perkins Engines.  This was followed by almost a decade in private equity in UK becoming a partner with ECi Ventures focussed on MBO/MBI’s (Management buyins and buyouts). This was followed by 4 years as Managing Director of CDC (Commonwealth Development Corporation) investing in the developing world.

Paul has chaired the boards of a number of private companies and joined the Advisory Board of the Mentor-Initiative in 2003 and its main Board in 2011, (where since 2017 he has held the chair.)