Paul was appointed Her Majesty’s Consul-General for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in July 2012. He returned to Germany having served previously in the British Embassy Berlin and having been an Erasmus student at the University of Cologne in his undergraduate days.
Paul joined the UK civil service in 1995 and has specialised in European issues during his career. His first postings were in the UK’s Business Department, including as Assistant Private Secretary to the Industry Minister, and roles covering EU competition policy and EMU. Paul has also worked on secondment to the European Commission in Brussels and in the UK Cabinet Office’s European Secretariat advising the Prime Minister’s office on European issues.
Paul’s overseas postings include working in the UK’s Representation to the EU in Brussels, as well as 4 years in Berlin, firstly on secondment to the Federal Chancellery’s EU division and then in the British Embassy as Head of the EU team.
Most recently, Paul was Private Secretary to 2 successive British Ministers for Europe.
British Consul-General, Munich
The consul-general is the senior UK official in a consulate general, which is a subordinate office to the embassy or high commission, usually located in another major city. The consul-general represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.