Born in Didsbury, Manchester, towards the end of the last century, Paul was educated at Xaverian College, a Catholic Grammar School in the city. He went on to study Engineering at Salford College of Technology, then worked for a time for an M.O.D contractor, producing waterproof socks, diving helmets and electrically heated diving suits.
Later, he travelled and worked in Southern Europe and North Africa before going on to study at Plymouth College of Art and Design, where he achieved a Merit for the BTEC in Photography.Following on from this, Paul studied Film and Television at Plymouth, where he received a Distinction for the HND, and was awarded ‘Best Student Documentary’ by the Royal Television Society for a documentary made in Belize for Help The Aged. After a time working for a production company in Jersey, Paul returned to Manchester, before moving to Hartland around 1992.
A keen drummer since the age of thirteen, and having finally convinced his parents he was not a gifted violin player, Paul has studied music extensively, both in Brazil and the UK, and now leads ‘Vamanos’, a small but highly talented group of musicians who perform authentic Brazilian and Cuban music.
Paul teaches photography and film at The Small School where many students have achieved grade A or A* for their GCSE; several ex-students have gone on to study for a degree in photography and some are now working in the media. As the Examinations Officer, he has overseen a large increase in the provision for Private Candidates wishing to use the school as an exam centre, and the school has recently received a Commendation from JCQ (the Joint Council for Qualifications) for its efficient and professional organization of exam procedures. He is also the Fire Officer at the school.