Paul is an experienced accountant, change manager and project director. He has a comprehensive understanding of what is required for academies and multi-academy trusts to be successful, developed from his academy trustee and academy sector advisor roles. Over the last eight years, he has established over 20 academies, free schools and university technical colleges. He has supported a number of open academies to address financial issues. He has advised expanding multi-academy trusts on establishing robust finance functions and governance structures. He also led CIPFA’s work with the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM) to develop professional standards for school business managers.