A leader with a proven track record of successful growth and achieving profitability, having set up his own small business and grown it to become the largest in its sector, before managing a successful Private Equity buy-out. As an entrepreneurial leader, Paul has been involved in all aspects of business, from developing a results-oriented delivery team, focusing on relationships and outcomes with customers, to negotiating with suppliers and financial organisations.
Developed a range of military and civilian management and leadership skills, and has been able to traverse the divide between leadership in both sectors, bringing together the best from each.
Has a calm, considered, and engaging leadership style that focuses on achieving the end goal.
2017-present: Managing Director of Sandstone Communications
2013-2017: Managing Director of Westpoint Veterinary Group, the largest farm animal Veterinary group in the UK, now employing over 200 people, with an annual turnover in excess of £30million.
2013: Managed the business through a Private Equity buy-out, and the significant changes that go with moving from private to corporate ownership.
2002-2013: Owner of Westpoint Veterinary Group, growing the business from a small start-up enterprise to a large national group of 25 practices. This involved growth both in the delivery of relationship-led service offerings to clients, and in the medicine sales sides of the business. Set up an e-commerce site and developed it be the market leading/market defining internet veterinary pharmacy.
2006-2016: Officer in the Honourable Artillery Company, part of the Territorial Army, including a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in 2011- 2012 as a Company second in command for an Infantry Company. This involved making risk management decisions in acute time-sensitive situations under intense mental and physical pressure for a multinational force of 200 soldiers.
2000-2002: Internship at Royal Veterinary College
- MSc in Bovine Reproduction
- Veterinary degree at Royal Veterinary College (BVetMed), University of London