Sir Paul was the Guild’s Sponsoring Alderman and steered the Ordinances, Bye-Laws and Financial Plan through the Court of Aldermen in 2014. When the Guild was officially constituted in November 2014 he became Foundation Master. In November 2015 Dan Doherty was installed as the Guild’s second Master but, as he had been diagnosed with a serious illness (from which he sadly died in March 2016) he was given an immediate leave of absence and in line with the Guild’s Ordinances Sir Paul continued as Master.
He has been the Alderman for the Ward of Tower since 2007 and a Freeman of the City of London since 1970. During Sir John Stuttard’s Mayoralty he was Chairman of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. He served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2013-14. He is a Past Master of the Marketors, a Liveryman and Honorary Assistant of the Clothworkers, a Member of the Court and the Sponsoring Alderman of the Educators and an Honorary Freeman of the Management Consultants. He is also the Sponsoring Alderman for the City Livery Concert, a Trustee of the Samuel Wilson Loan Trust and a member of the Community and Children’s Services Committee and of the Epping Forest Committee. He has been a Member of a number of other Corporation Committees including Finance and Planning & Transportation and a Governor of City of London School, City of London School for Girls and City of London Freemen’s School
He grew up in South London and was an 11+ pupil at St Dunstan’s College in Catford which was founded in 1408 at St Dunstan-in-the-East in the Ward of Tower. Awarded an Open Scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences and Management Studies, he then gained a Thouron Fellowship to the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with an MBA.
The first twelve years of his business career were with Cadbury Schweppes plc, becoming Group Deputy Finance Director, Managing Director of Cadbury Schweppes Kenya, Managing Director of Cadbury Typhoo and Group Planning Director. In 1985 he initiated and led the £97 million buyout of the food businesses of Cadbury Schweppes to form Premier Brands Ltd which was successfully sold in 1989. His career then moved into the public and political sectors as a government-appointed Member of the Milk Marketing Board, Chairman of Food from Britain, Director General of the Conservative Party and Ministerial Adviser at the Cabinet Office. In 1990 he became the key benefactor of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
Previous job roles include being Chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc and Teachers TV, an independent director of the Boddington Group plc, Grosvenor Development Capital plc, WPP Group plc, ENRC plc, Tempur Sealy International Inc of the US, Standard Bank Group Ltd of Johannesburg and Abraaj Capital of Dubai and a Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and of the Advisory Board for Barclays Wealth.
Not-for-profit appointments have included being President of the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts, Deputy Chairman of the American Management Association in New York, a Trustee of the Royal Institution and a Special Adviser at Chatham House. He is currently President of the Association of MBAs, Chairman of the Governors of St Dunstan’s College, the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of Brands and a Member of the Council of the Crown Agents. His Honorary Doctorates include those in Law at the University of Cambridge, in Letters at the University of Westminster and in Science at City University. In 1996 he became a Knight Bachelor.
His sons both went to City of London School and then to the University of Cambridge. One was an officer in the Royal Engineers and is now a civil engineer and the other completed his PhD and works as an aerodynamics engineer for an automotive company. His wife Barbara is a Liveryman of the World Traders and Chairman of the Institute of Directors.