Paul is the Multi-Agency Strategic Lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester. He provides a strategic advice function to political leaders with a focus on multi-agency collaboration, interoperability between emergency services and their partners, together with the delivery of safer, stronger and more resilient communities in Greater Manchester.
Having recently provided strategic support to the Mayor’s Independent Review into the Manchester Arena attack, and the Recovery Coordinating Group that set up after the attack, he is now overseeing implementation of the learning from the incident.
He also works alongside Greater Manchester’s Chief Resilience Officer to deliver the 100 Resilient Cities programme and United Nations’ Making Cities Resilient Campaign.
Prior to this Paul was a career professional Fire Officer working for Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service for 31 years, and worked in a range of operational and specialist postings across the county, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief Fire Officer.
Having represented the Fire Service for over 4 years on the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum (the LRF), Paul was nominated as the Chairperson in June 2015 and continues as the Chair currently.