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Biography of the mayor

Paul was born in Yorkshire in 1953 attending both Secondary Modern and Grammar schools. He moved to live in Hollesley near the Suffolk coast at age 16 where he studied A-levels in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Woodbridge School.

Paul’s working life started as a Computer Operator working in a Mainframe environment at Eastern Electricity - long before PCs and when punched cards and tapes were still used. At Eastern Electricity he progressed on to programming (in both assembly and high-level languages) and, later, systems analysis and design. During this time he worked on a variety of applications including energy billing, appliance delivery and retail.

Paul was an active trade unionist in the 70s and was a member of his NALGO branch executive. His political involvement started seriously when he joined the then Liberal Party in Ipswich: becoming a member of the constituency party executive and briefly treasurer and standing (unsuccessfully) as a candidate in St John’s Ward (Ipswich).

Next Paul moved to Norwich Union in Norwich to work on commercial insurance for the Business and Commercial sectors. Then finally, in 1992, to Cambridge with Anglian Water in various roles including that of IT Director before retiring.

Paul was elected to Cambridge City Council in 2010 to represent Romsey Ward. His roles at the City have included:

  • Member of both the Planning and Licensing Committees
  • Vice-chair of the Environment Scrutiny Committee
  • Vice Chair of the Development Plan Scrutiny Sub-Committees
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the East Area Committee
  • Chair of the City Rangers Steering Group
  • Member of the Employment Appeals Committee
  • Member of the City University Forum-ARU
  • and, in 2012-13, Deputy Mayor.

Paul is a Chartered Member (MBCS CITP) of the British Computer Society; and also a member of the Cambridge PPF the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery.

On a vacation in Cuba in the 90’s Paul became aware of the severe problems affecting the population after the collapse of the Soviet Union. For a number of years he was actively involved in taking material aid to the medical school in Matanzas, which assisted in the training of doctors and nurses to work in Cuba and the third world. He remains a member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign campaigning against the economic blockade of that country.

During his many trips to the Caribbean Paul has, despite his very English sense of rhythm, developed a taste for Cuban music and, on occasions, dance .

His other interests include wine (he worked for Cambridge Wine Merchants for a time after his retirement from IT), walking and, of course, he is a keen cyclist.

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