During his career, Paul has been involved in a variety of heritage, tourism and conservation projects. He has also written, lectured and broadcasted on heritage matters.
Prior to working at Heritage Lottery Fund, Paul worked at the National Trust where he spent time as both area manager and acting director. During this period he was responsible for the development of the first World Heritage Site Management Plan for the Giant’s Causeway. He had a BBC radio series: Presenting the Past.
Paul has studied at Queen’s University, Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Ulster. He is currently undertaking a PhD, researching Heritage in a Divided Society. He has recently published a chapter on The Decade of Centenaries: A Methodology for Dealing with Difficult Heritage in Heritage after Conflict, Crooke & Maguire, Routledge 2018.
Paul chairs the Decade of Centenaries roundtable and is a board member on the Arts Council for Northern Ireland. He is also a member of the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.