Paul is a multi-lingual (Russian, Arabic and Pashto) former Royal Air Force Aircrewman and now Managing Director of his own Research Company. During his 22-year career he predominantly served on operations that concentrated on the Middle East and Afghanistan; including a high profile secondment to the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) in Baghdad as a Weapons Inspector and Interpreter.
His wide array of experiences coupled with a joie-de-vivre and an embracement of other cultures has permeated institutional barriers and preconceived ideas on religion and race. A dyslexic who loathed school his life story is a powerful and emotional campaign to succeed.
To date he has spoken to approximately 20,000+ pupils, students and teachers from a myriad of schools and universities that encompass the majority of the UK; focussing on what the Dept for Education terms as “non-achieving schools” within multi-ethnic low-salary demographic areas. He is also a popular international inspirational speaker for corporate events and high profile clients include Rolls Royce, GCHQ, UK Trade & Industry, British Aerospace, Boots, ITV and Thales.
His speaking themes include:
• Overcoming Adversity
• Diversity awareness and team building
• Driving Objectives
• Change and Change Management
• Mental Preparedness
• Life-long Learning
Areas of expertise
The talks encompass his school years and the learning difficulties he had at Secondary School in the Rhondda Valley; to his first few jobs in Cardiff and the subsequent experiences of working with people from other religions, races and sexual orientation; concluding with his career in the RAF, modern warfare, humanitarian aid, diplomacy, globalisation, social media and the lessons that life has taught him so far. President Barack Obama was so impressed after a meeting with Paul that he wanted a photograph taken with him!
He has amassed such a following and four major national awards (MOD Peoples Award for Inclusivity; Chartered Institute of Linguists David Crystal Award for Fostering the Study of Languages; Business Language Champion Ambassador Award and Linguascope Language Personality Award) that any spare time he has in his very busy work schedule is taken-up with requested speaking events; of which there is now a waiting list of eager customers.
“I wholeheartedly recommend Paul as a truly motivational speaker.” Mrs. Sally Fagan – Director, Business Language Champions Ltd