Paul is the Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships for the London Legacy Development Corporation. Paul has worked in East London for many years and was Chief Executive of Leaside Regeneration, a social enterprise set up to develop and deliver a vision for the regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley and the surrounding area in East London. Leaside works in practical ways with local communities and uses physical regeneration as a tool both to inspire and promote skills, jobs and business opportunities. Under Paul’s leadership, Leaside managed the design and development of the £10m Langdon Park DLR Station in Poplar, winner of a number of design awards for regeneration. Leaside also managed the building of Roach Bridge in Fish Island providing access to a previously isolated area.
Paul started his regeneration work in Bromley-
Before his work on regeneration, Paul was a university professor and a molecular biologist and until 2002 ran the cancer research department at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has published more than 120 peer reviewed research papers and articles. Paul holds a PhD from Cambridge.
Paul says that regenerating East London is as challenging as curing cancer but it is possible through the energy and creativity of the people who live and work there.