Educated at University College of North Wales in Bangor and then at Durham University, Paul has worked in education for over forty-two years. In that time his teaching experience has varied significantly in term of catchments, context, and size of school. Whilst teaching, he worked across the whole primary age range from 3-11 years and was Headteacher in two schools, the latter being St Francis of Assisi, a CE VA Primary now within the MAT, which he opened in 2002. Under his leadership this was rated as outstanding in both Ofsted and SIAMS and he was subsequently appointed as a National Leader in Education with the school becoming a National Support School. Over many years Paul has supported the Diocese of York by contributing to the Board of Education, speaking at Conferences, and acting as a SIAMS Inspector.
Whilst Headteacher of St Francis, Paul was seconded part-time to the National College and worked in support of individual schools, Local Authorities, Dioceses, and numerous Governing Bodies. As a direct result of this work, Paul was invited to join the DfE’s Primary Headteacher Reference Group. This group reviewed and commented upon government policy and practice relating to education, and met with ministers and their advisers. This experience gave him a valuable insight to the workings of government and policy creation.
Paul’s four children have all attended small village schools within the Dales Trust, giving him an insight into the many joys and the challenges of working within such a context. He is a regular worshipper at his local village Church and enjoys being part of that community.