Paul founded EdisonLearning in the UK as a wholly owned subsidiary of EdisonLearning, Inc in 2003, and served as Managing Director for several years. He was then appointed by the US company to be their Chief Education and Operations Officer from 2010 to 2013 with additional responsibility for international expansion. He is now retired but continues to do some consultancy work on a voluntary basis.
Paul gained a deep understanding of the ingredients of outstanding schools during the 19 years he spent as a highly successful teacher and leader in state secondary schools in England. He was at the forefront of innovation in relation to student motivation, the curriculum, effective learning and staff development.
He joined Essex, one of the largest local authorities in the UK, as an inspector of schools because of a desire to work on a larger canvas. He was quickly promoted to the management team of the Education Department as Head of Strategic Planning, then as Principal Officer, Quality Assurance and Deputy County Education Officer.
From 1994 to 2002 Paul was Director of Learning Services for Essex Local Authority with responsibility for nearly 600 schools, Adult Education, Youth Service, Libraries and the Arts with a budget of over £600 million.
He led the turnaround of the education authority, from one which schools were highly critical of, to one which was praised by Ofsted for its leadership of schools. During his time as Director he led the formation of many partnerships with the private sector and higher education and sat on a range of Government Advisory Groups, including the National Education Research Forum, the National Advisory Group for Special Educational Needs and a DCSF Sharing Best Practice group.
In 2003 Paul also founded the Eastern Leadership Centre, a not-for-profit charity based in Cambridge providing leadership training for school staff in the Eastern Region.
He is passionate about transforming students’ learning experiences by supporting schools to put students at the centre of school organisation and practice.