Paul graduated with a BSSc (Hons) degree from the Queen’s University Belfast.

During his subsequent career, he spent 12 years working for Whale Pumps (Munster Simms Engineering Ltd) who design and manufacture high quality low voltage pump, plumbing and heating systems for use in remote locations. As part of this role he led the new product development team and also delivered major products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

In more recent times, Paul has operated his own business as a consultant. This includes being a mentor to various engineering companies whilst working with organisations such as Invest Northern Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland.

Paul is a keen runner and has completed a number of half marathons and is also another loyal follower of Leeds United. He also enjoys spending time with his young family.