Paul is a pilot whose career spans aviation and safety investigation.
He worked as a helicopter instructor in the military and also flew commercial airliners. As the senior operations investigator, Paul played a pivotal role in establishing the Military Air Accident Investigation Branch and investigated several high-profile air accidents. He was awarded an MBE for his services to air safety in 2016. Before joining HSIB, he used his experience in safety culture by working with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives as part of a working group focused on reducing admissions of term babies to neonatal units due to asphyxia.