Bio

Paul has had parallel careers as a researcher, manager, leader, consultant, executive coach, change agent, facilitator and speaker.

He has held director-level positions with some of the world’s leading research consultancies (eg Nielsen and TNS), won awards for his ground-breaking research, and been awarded Fellowship of the UK Market Research Society in recognition of his pioneering work in the fields of research and stakeholder engagement.

Paul’s work spans the commercial, government, and not-for-profit sectors. He has helped many businesses to grow and develop, especially through assistance with business planning, employee engagement, and ensuring a focus on external clients/customers/key stakeholders.

Paul’s work in the government sector has been truly ground-breaking. He was the first Research Manager with York City Council, where he pioneered approaches to research and engagement that became a model for many councils and public service providers around the UK and overseas.

He led the consultation and engagement exercise to decide what to do with 25 Cromwell Street, the former home of the serial killers, Fred and Rosemary West. Paul met with the victims’ relatives first and then the local community around the site, as part of a comprehensive process to help bring closure as far as was possible.

Paul was CEO of a highly innovative research consultancy in the UK, and also trained as an executive coach in 1997, coaching many CEOs and business owners to help them achieve sustainable success. Over the course of his career, Paul has trained, mentored or coached more than 3,000 executives. He has assisted many organisations and professional bodies in designing and delivering development programmes for their employees and members.

Paul moved to Australia in 2005, where he has continued to have impact in leadership and change management roles. Most recently, Paul assisted the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention in pulling together a National Research Action Plan for halving the number of suicides in Australia. Paul mapped out the stakeholder engagement strategy, and facilitated workshops with the key stakeholders:

Suicide Prevention: National Research Action Plan

Paul is also well known for his ground-breaking work in the field of workplace mental health and wellbeing. He has carried out numerous projects for employers and organisations; assisted beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance in developing and launching Heads Up; and undertaken studies for SuperFriend which include mapping out the characteristics of a mentally healthy workplace.

Paul carried out work to help develop and launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and presented at the NDIS launch conference in Melbourne in 2013. He continues to have an interest in the NDIS.

Throughout his career, Paul has been widely published and has been a much sought-after speaker for conferences and events. He has won several awards for best paper and best presentation. Paul has also twice been acknowledged by TEDxSydney for having ‘ideas worth spreading’; at TEDxSydney 2014, he got to outline his revolutionary concept for ‘Digital Life Saving’ at a packed Sydney Opera House.

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