Paul took over as Principal of the School from Christopher Denys in the autumn of 2007.
On leaving Sussex University, where he studied French Literature, he immediately found work in technical theatre, working for Warwick Arts Centre, and then the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton. It was here that he moved into stage management.
Seasons at Chichester Festival Theatre and Bristol Old Vic followed, and subsequent main scale tours, company management on large commercial shows, and two years’ theatre in education work with the National Trust. He moved into freelance production management, worked for a new writing company in Cardiff, and joined the School in 1985 as Head of Stage Management courses.
Paul became Associate Principal in 1989 and concentrated on developing the technical training at the School to give it a national profile and broaden the range of courses on offer. He completed an MBA at UWE’s Bristol Business School in 1992.
He is most proud of the way in which the School has retained its practical and vocational approach to training in spite of the pressures to become more academic – so that students continue to be immediately ready for professional employment when they complete their courses.
As Principal he is broadening the School’s professional training courses to provide even greater employment opportunities for students, and to raise the profile of the School, particularly in the Bristol area; “We are something of a well kept secret locally, although known as a centre of excellence nationally and internationally.”
Paul and his family live in the South Cotswolds, Gloucestershire.