As Director of Data at the Government Digital Service (GDS), Paul leads a cross government programme designed to improve the way government approaches, uses and handles data.

His teams within GDS deal with data policy and governance, improving government’s data infrastructure, and encouraging the better use of data through data science and open data. The aim is to transform how government supports decision-making, creates new digital services and opens up data to the wider world.

Before taking up this role, Paul was director of open data and government innovation at the Cabinet Office from 2013. He was responsible for Open Data, Open Policy Making, and Analysis and Insight.

Prior to this he worked as Programme Director for Commissioning and Academies at Leicestershire County Council, Director of Strategy at the Home Office, and Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit from 2003 to 2008.