An experienced chief executive, Paul places a strong emphasis on ethical and compassionate leadership, transparency, and collaborative working. He is committed to public accountability, experienced in leading delivery and change in complex systems, and has considerable experience of public scrutiny in highly visible and politically contested sectors.
An honorary professor at the University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Paul is also a senior faculty member at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) Quality Governance Collaborative, a member of the Care Inspectorate’s Board, a lay assistant to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, the Open University’s member of Council for Scotland, an adviser to Care Opinion, and a coach and mentor to a number of senior executives.
Paul worked for the Scottish government and its predecessor organisations from 1979 to 2019. From 2013 to 2019 he served as chief executive of NHS Scotland and director general, health and social care. He was also director general, governance and communities from 2011 to 2013, and from 2009 he was director general, rural affairs, environment and services. From 2010 to 2013, he was the strategic board lead for civil contingencies and resilience and had overall responsibility for people and resourcing.
Paul has also held senior leadership roles in HR and digital, and his professional specialisms are digital technology and project and programme management.