Visiting Professor profile, Centre for Transport and Society (CTS).
Paul is a Senior Director for the global solutions business, Jacobs. He has spent 30 years in economic and social development as both a practitioner and a consultant. Latterly, he has specialised in investment appraisal (business case) and economic and social impacts of infrastructure.
He has worked in the UK in academia at the University of Manchester and in local government for the former Greater London Council and the Greater Manchester Economic Development Corporation.
He has been an expert adviser to the Local Government Association on local and regional economic development and a volunteer Board member (and Chair) of a registered social landlord. For the latter, he introduced a novel approach to supporting older tenants to enjoy their maturity through the introduction of LifeTime – an initiative characterised as "a youth club for older people”.
Paul has travelled extensively on mission for the European Commission and he has delivered international assignments for the World Bank and the European Investment Bank including work in India on future cities and in various developing nations on the impacts of infrastructure investment for women and girls.
Paul has supported transport planning, aviation, transport modelling and transport economics and business case work for clients including Transport for London, Network Rail, (National) Highways England, Crossrail and Transport for the North. He has led initiatives around climate change and energy transition, notably the masterplan for a hydrogen hub in Tess Valley, and incentives for the decarbonisation of the railway for the Rail Safety & Standards Board.
During his career, Paul has established successful consultancy and research teams on Economic and Social Development and Future Mobility emphasising decarbonisation and socio-economic impacts. He was Director for Work with the Department for Transport’s Office for Science on planning for future uncertainty. This work involved UWE Bristol colleagues from the Centre for Transport and Society where Paul is a visiting Professor in Economic Development.
Latterly, Paul has been supporting local government (Combined Authorities) to apply sustainable development principles whilst delivering new developments within the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.
Areas of expertise
- Local and regional economic development
- Enterprise in deprived communities
- UK HM Treasury Green Book business case
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