Divisional director - Free Schools Capital,
Department for Education
Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a background in major project and programme management across the public and private sector. Paul is a Divisional Director in the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), part of the Department for Education, and since September 2016 has headed up the Free Schools delivery programme – acquiring sites and constructing 500 new schools across England.
Prior to joining the ESFA Paul was Deputy Director for capital programme delivery at the Environment Agency, managing the £250m pa asset investment programme, taking complex flooding schemes from strategy through to construction. Whilst at the Environment Agency Paul led the Flood Forecasting Centre, a joint venture with the Met Office providing vital warning services to professional partners. Paul’s private sector experience includes working for Mott Macdonald and Atkins for a number of years in engineering and project management roles and Paul spent two years overseas as an engineer working for Voluntary Services Overseas in Guyana.
Paul is active in the construction sector across Government and is a member of the Government Construction Board, representing the ESFA. Paul is also currently chair of the Cabinet Office’s Strategic Delivery Group, the group charged with coordinating the implementation of the Government Construction Strategy.