Paul joined the Catapult in April 2021 to grow engagement in the country’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places. The Catapult is helping to move the UK towards net zero for transport and built infrastructure, supporting place-based innovation around the country, and developing rewarding innovation-based partnerships internationally.
Paul has more than 25 years’ international leadership, sales and marketing experience in the B2B Technology Media Telecom sector, including being CMO of global digital transformation association TM Forum and $3Bn SunGard Financial Systems. After running the West of England LEP, Paul set up the multi-award-winning Bristol Is Open smart city project in 2014 and created the widely endorsed City as a Platform Manifesto a couple of years later. He went on to advise the UK Government on the design of its 5G Testbeds & Trials programme, and more recently on how the programme should evolve. He is Advisory Board Chair of Smart Cities World, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.