Paul has been in retail industry for 37 years in a variation of roles including manager / marketing manager of Merivale Mall and manager of the Palms shopping centre.
Paul helped establish the Central City Business Association back in 2007 and was the central city manager for the business association for seven years.
Post the February 2011 earthquake Paul was one of the key leaders in the Re:Start initiative. He initiated the first steps to bring life back into the city sooner than would have otherwise been possible and then stayed on to manage Re:Start to success.
Paul ran for the mayoralty in the 2013 elections and was elected as Councillor for the Hagley Ferrymead Ward where he served for one three year term. Paul was involved in all aspects of the council and its subsidiaries sitting on six council control company boards and 15 committees and working groups.
Paul now enjoys working with the New Brighton business community as manager of the New Brighton Business and Land Owners Association and again, has taken up the role of Central City Business Association manager.