Paul joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1996. His first job was Desk Office in the Cultural Relations Department, leading FCO policy on Youth, Sport and the preparations for the Millennium. In 1999, Paul went on his first posting to Almaty, Kazakstan as Third Secretary Visa/Consular and Management.
Following this, Paul was Second Secretary Political in Abuja (2001-3); First Secretary Head of Political Section in Belgrade (2004-7); Head of UN Human Rights Section in London (2007-8) and Speechwriter to Ministers (2008-10).
In 2010 he returned to Nigeria as Head of Political Section, Abuja (2010-13); and stayed on to lead international work on elections as the EU Election Coordinator, (2013-14) and is now currently enjoying a posting as Deputy Head of Mission in Skopje, Macedonia.
In his free time Paul enjoys cycling, photography and cooking. Paul is married to Jane and they have three children.
Deputy Head of Mission, Macedonia
The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.