Paul became Chief Executive at Action for Children in March 2023. He was previously Action for Children National Director for Scotland and Interim National Director for England.

Paul has extensive experience in both frontline children’s services and senior leadership, having worked at Action for Children since 1994.

Paul says:

“I started at Action for Children as a social worker, went on to become National Director for Scotland, and am now delighted to be in the role of Chief Executive. Over the years, I’ve seen first-hand the challenges our vulnerable children face on a daily basis and the difference we can make as an organisation. There’s no doubt these are difficult times but I feel privileged to lead our charity and incredible staff as we continue to transform young lives across the UK.”

Paul took over from Melanie Armstrong who led our organisation through both the pandemic in 2020 and the ongoing cost of living crisis for the subsequent three years.

Paul’s career at Action for Children has included roles as Children’s Services Manager, Assistant Director for Youth Justice, Assistant Director for Children’s Services, Deputy Director for Scotland, Operations Director UK North, Head of Business Development, Scotland National Director, and England Interim National Director. He was also seconded to the Scottish Government part-time for three years when he was an Assistant Director.

Paul tries to keep fit and active through jogging, walking and training. He is married with three children.