Paul is responsible for leading the growth of enterprise and innovation across the university, working to support the service in responding to the needs of the sub-regional economy, helping the university shape their response to higher level skills needs in Cumbria and North Lancashire.
Paul also oversees a small team who support the management of the university’s Funding and Contracts, Student Enterprise, Fundraising and Employer Engagement, working closely with colleagues to deliver excellent services to industry in relation to enterprise and knowledge exchange.
Paul has been with the university since 2014 and comes with 18 years of local economic development experience, supporting regeneration and business growth in rural Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Experience includes managing externally funded investment projects, operating business centres and visitor centres, town centre master planning and collaborative work with universities on sector skills for the local economy.
Qualifications and memberships
University of Hull - BA (Hons) Geography and Sociology
University of Manchester - MA Urban Design & Regeneration
Ashridge Business School - Leadership programme with Local Government Association
Academic and research interests
Professional interest in the visitor economy, destination management and heritage-led regeneration.
Champion of local food, town centre retail and sustaining independent businesses in market towns.
Recent external roles
Digital Carlisle Programme
EAFRD Steering Group for Cumbria