Paul Kernaghan was born and educated in Belfast. He served in the Ulster Defence Regiment [1974-1977], being commissioned in 1976. On graduating from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1978, he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary. His police career culminated in a nine year tenure as Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary. He was the ACPO lead on international affairs for eight years and in that capacity regularly visted Iraq to advise the Home and Foreign Secretaries. Following his retirement in 2008, he served throughout 2009 as the Head of Mission [EUPOL COPPS], providing support to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. In June 2010, he was appointed as the first House of Lords’ Commissioner for Standards. He has one daughter who is employed as a civil servant within the MOD.