Non-Executive Director


South West

Big Business Experience



Small Business Experience

Nexus Nine

Clevedon Learning Trust


Paul is a security cleared former RAF pilot, commander, Requirements Manager, Tactics Instructor, and technology expert with significant experience in organising and leading both well-formed and ad hoc teams tasked with defining, developing, and delivering verified and validated solutions to challenging problems.

Paul’s innovative approach to problem solving has supported Tier 1 primes, SMEs and Start Ups as a Mentor, CEO coach, Bid/Gate review leader and Non-Executive Director, the latter including a volunteering role as a Director of a Multi Academy Trust of 13 schools and providing non-executive horsepower to several SMEs, many involved in sensitive Governmental work.


  • Qualified Service Pilot (Helicopter)
  • Tactics / Electronic Warfare Instructor
  • Trials Management Officer
  • Capability Requirements Manager
  • Through Life Capability Manager
  • BA (Hons)

Key Areas of Expertise

  • CEO Mentor / Coach
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Bid Decision Support
  • Requirements Management
  • Gate Reviews
  • Technology maturation
  • Hazard Risk Analysis
  • SME in Aerospace and Defence


  • 23 Year military aviation career, now reinforced by eight years in business.
  • Experience in multiple operational theatres, including deployed command in Afghanistan.
  • Delivery of over 20 Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) as a Requirements Manager.
  • Scoped and supported the acquisition of over £1Bn of new Chinook helicopters.
  • Negotiated the ‘Valley of Death’ for several key novel technologies, including many uncrewed systems.
  • Led numerous Gate and ‘Black Hat/Red Hat’ reviews for companies ranging from Start Ups to Tier 1 OEMs
  • Regulatory aware, and highly attuned to Risk Management (programmatic, technical, operation)
  • Served as Non-Executive Director in High Technology Start Ups, and in Education as a board member of a 13-school Multi Academy Trust
  • Experience in multiple sectors; aerospace, Defence, maritime, uncrewed systems and nuclear inter alia
  • Part of the Senior Leadership Team for a number of NATO funded studies.
  • Deputy Chair of the Vertical Flight Society’s Operations Committee