Professor Sir Paul became a Director of Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited on 1 September 2020. He’s also a member of the Governance and Nominations Committee.
Sir Paul has been President of City, University of London since 2010, having served previously as Vice-Chancellor at Bournemouth University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. A former NASA research scientist and advisor to the European Space Agency (ESA), Sir Paul's research involves the use of satellite sensors to monitor our environment and is focused on climate change.
Sir Paul is a Member of the Board of Trustees for London Higher and President of the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society. As immediate past Chair of both the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) Board and the national Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), he obtained a deep understanding of pay and pensions issues. He was Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Conversation UK; a Member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and its Remuneration Committee (and Chair of its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee); and a Member of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Board and its Audit Committees.
Sir Paul was Knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for ‘services to higher education’.