An experienced public service chief executive, Paul places a strong emphasis on ethical and compassionate leadership, transparency, and collaborative working. He is committed to public accountability, experienced in leading delivery and change in complex systems, and is comfortable with exposure to scrutiny in highly visible and politically contested sectors.
An honorary professor at the University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Paul is also a senior faculty member at the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), Quality Governance Collaborative, a member of the Care Inspectorate’s Board, a lay assistant to the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, an adviser to Care Opinion, and a coach and mentor to a number of senior public sector executives.
From 2013 to 2019 he served as director general, health and social care, and chief executive of NHS Scotland. He was also director general, governance and communities from 2011 to 2013. Before that, Paul was the Scottish government’s director general, rural affairs, environment and services. During that period, he was the strategic board lead for civil contingencies and resilience and had overall responsibility for people and resourcing.
From 2007 to July 2009, Paul was the Scottish government’s director of change and corporate services, with responsibility for senior staff development and deployment; human resources; information systems and services; accommodation and estates services; corporate learning; employee engagement; and the Scottish government’s business improvement and change programmes. His professional specialisms are digital technology and project and programme management.