Prior to joining The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Paul worked at the National Trust where he spent time as both area manager and acting regional director.
Paul has studied at Queen’s University, Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Ulster and holds a degree in Ancient History and Political Science and a Master’s in Business Administration.
He is currently undertaking PhD research on the role of heritage in a divided society. His particular interest is in the development of ethical approaches to contentious commemoration. He has published a chapter on this work in Heritage after Conflict Crooke and Maguire, Routledge 2018.
Paul chairs the Decade of Centenaries Roundtable, which includes a number of organisations including universities, museums, various public bodies as well as community groups.
He is a member of the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage and is on the board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He has recently sat on Queen’s University of Belfast Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prize panel.