CBI President

Paul is currently Chairman of Bibby Line Group which is headquartered in Liverpool. Before that he was Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group.

He joined Wates in September 2004 and became Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2006 until 2014.

Prior to joining Wates, Paul worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions and living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI’s principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director (1998-2003).

Paul is also Chairman of the board of the charity Teach First, a Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC(UK), Chancellor of Teesside University, a member of the Global Advisory Board Of Trinity College Dublin, the Advisory Council Of Step up to Serve and of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

Paul has also been recognised for his outstanding leadership, winning KPMG Chief Executive of the Year for the construction industry and PwC ‘Private Company, Chief Executive of the Year’. During his tenure at the helm, Wates Group won the Business in the Community Company of the Year and the J.P. Morgan Best UK Family Business Award.

Paul has been a member of the CBI Board since 2012 and was Chairman of the CBI Energy Policy Committee between 2007 and 2012 and a member of the Chairmen’s Committee.