Paul moved from London to Worthing in 1971, initially as a postman then, after attending Sussex University, spent 30 years as a lecturer and Director in Further and Higher Education before becoming an interim manager, consultant and freelance writer.
Most recently, he has been heavily involved in setting up a system of self- management for local allotment sites then raising funds to improve the facilities, including deep beds for the disabled, orchards and coppices.
Having worked within a 'service' industry but also been self-employed for 14 years, Paul is particularly keen to see that all levels of government are run efficiently, using a combination of good management of local resources with more imagination and flair to move away from tired old habits into a more dynamic way to improve the quality of life for all local residents.
This ranges from the large scale, including town planning that has the right priorities so that everyone benefits from investment and has a fair say in the kind of town we want to live in, to smaller scale habits, like to way our local environment decays under budgetary pressure.
Traditionally, local elections attract a very small turn out - people just can’t be bothered to vote. Last time, in Offington,less than 35% of residents exercised their democratic right, so everything was decided by a minority. But all residents are affected by the decisions made in local government. Paul would like to see more people taking notice of what is being done in their name. It’s too late to complain after decisions are taken.