Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the management of festivals and events including the Aldeburgh Festival, Bury St Edmunds Festival, City of London Festival, Durham International Brass Festival and 8 years as Director of the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
After receiving a degree in music from the University of Surrey, Paul’s first festival role was for the world-renown classical music event, the Aldeburgh Festival. He subsequently became Director of the Bury St Edmunds Festival before heading to Edinburgh to manage one of the main music venues, the Queen’s Hall. Here he was able to maintain a strong association with festivals as the venue hosted events by the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
After 4 years at the Queen’s Hall, Paul was appointed Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and over the following eight years saw the event double in scale reaching 1.6 million ticket sales in his final year. Paul contribution to Edinburgh’s cultural life was recognised when he was made the first recipient of the Arts and Business Scotland Award for Leadership and he was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Edinburgh.
Paul then established his own consultancy working on a wide range of festival projects internationally as well as taking up a position as Visiting Professor of Festival and Event Management by Leeds Metropolitan University then subsequently Senior Consultant at Edinburgh Napier University. He has been engaged to deliver consultancy training by a host of organisations including the British Council, Events Tasmania, The New Zealand Association of Event Professionals, Festivals and Events Ontario, Rotterdam Festivals, the Australian Centre for Events Management, Calgary Arts Development, Tourism Queensland, Svenska Kulturfonden, Sweden Festivals, Abu Dhabi Tourism Development Co, Association of Irish Festivals and Events, The National Arts Council of Korea.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Durham Brass Festival and presents the Festival and Event Management Masterclass which has been delivered in 25 countries worldwide.