Paul completed a traditional cadetship with Cunard Shipping Services. During his career as a ship’s engineer,
he served on all types of vessels from passenger ships to super tankers. His sea service also included mediumspeed engines powering small tankers, slow-speed engines driving bulk carriers and steam plant providing power for the first container ships.
Following the successful completion of his class one certificate, Paul undertook service as assistant superintendent, after which he was recruited by the National Sea Training Trust to introduce marine engineering education and training into the college at Gravesend. Subsequently, Paul also took time
to obtain a Master’s Degree in Educational Management at The University of Greenwich. As Head of the National Sea Training Centre at North West Kent College, Paul undertook the role of Course Director for the Diploma in Marine Surveying run with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (LMA) and is now the current Course Director for the Middlesex University/LMA MSc in Marine Surveying.
During his time at NWK College Paul led the Marine department at the College into the delivery of Superyacht Qualifications and has been an active supporter of updating the IAMI and SQA examination systems. He also authored the Superyacht specialist module on the LMA Superintendency course.
In 2010 Paul started his own maritime consultancy dedicated to the professional development of seafarers. Some of the first projects included editing for the publication Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary as well as teaching the Science I & II to a group of superyacht engineers. Paul then worked to complete the business plan for a new multi-million pound marine training and conference complex under development by Viking Recruitment Limited just outside Dover in the UK. Subsequently Paul has completed a change management strategy for a leading maritime charity, updated two marine engineering books, delivered a teaching program for undergraduates learning marine engineering and provided leadership to an MSc program in Marine Surveying. Current projects include Training Needs Analysis, Quality Review of course provision and support for cadets undergoing their on-board experiential learning.