Paul was born in Lincolnshire although brought up in London. He has been married to Poosie for nearly 35 years and has four children, Alice, Edmund, Isabelle and Louisa. He farms outside Blakesley near Towcester where he and his family have lived for the last 27 years.
He was formerly senior partner of Greenwoods Solicitors, an insurance law firm with offices across the country from which he retired in 2013. After Uppingham School he attended Durham University and the College of Law in London and practiced as a solicitor for over 30 years including, in his early years, a period in Bahrain and Oman.
In his youth Paul served as a trooper in the Honourable Artillery Company, a City of London Territorial Army regiment.
Paul is involved with a range of charities and voluntary organisations in and around Northamptonshire including St Andrew’s Healthcare where he is a governor and a board member, the Northamptonshire Community Foundation of which he is a trustee, CPRE Northamptonshire of which he is chairman and the Peterborough Cathedral Development and Preservation Trust of which he is also a trustee. He was formerly a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HM Prison Woodhill and a governor of Blakesley Church of England Primary School.