Paul was born, raised and educated in Birmingham. Paul brings 40 years of NHS experience, nearly 20 of which were as a Chief Officer or Chief Executive. He has led a wide range of NHS organisations, as well as being recognised both regionally and nationally for his work. This has included: perinatal services; critical care; renal and transplantation services; services for older people; and chairing a number of clinical networks and task groups to deliver improved services. Paul was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health by Distinction in 2010.