Founder and CEO
Gateway Associates (UK) Ltd
Paul is the Founder of Gateway Associates (UK) Ltd establishing the company in 2010 after working in the trade union movement, training and education and 21 years in publicly elected office. Paul gained an Honours degree from the University of Keele in Economics & Politics. Following this he worked for the Engineering Union and the Trades Union Congress. Paul established the TUC's residential training and conference centre in London. Paul has held elected office for 21 years - eight as a local councillor and thirteen as a Member of Parliament and Government Minister. During his time at Westminster (1997-2010) Paul worked closely with the then Deputy Prime Minister, was a Treasury Bench Government Whip and Transport Minister. Since 2010 Paul has developed Gateway Associates and has been involved in projects in Africa, US and India. Paul is also a member of Council, University of Keele (https://www.keele.ac.uk/); trustee at Caudwell Children (http://www.caudwellchildren.com/); director Grassroot Diplomat (http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/); director University of Kent Academies Trust (http://www.bromptonacademy.org.uk/): Chair, The Oast Rainham (http://www.oastcentre.org/) and Chair, Café Sunlight (http://cafesunlight.org.uk/).
Kent's economy is greatly diversified. Haulage, logistics, and tourism are major industries; major industries in north-west Kent include aggregate building materials, printing, and scientific research. Coal mining has also played its part in Kent's industrial heritage. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt and its strong transport connections to the capital and the nearby continent make Kent a high-income county.
Paul established Gateway Associates in 2010 drawing on the skills and experience of policy, government and communications experts to help organisations from a variety of industries and sectors communicate with Westminster and Whitehall and inform Central Government’s political decision-making processes. Gateway has worked on a number of projects over the years including a multi-sensory road safety programme aimed at 16-24 year olds; conference organisation and delivery on regeneration issues; support to various community organisations helping to develop their opportunities in securing new contracts and business streams. Specialities: Government liaison; public relations; communications at all levels; public speaking; conference arrangements and organisational skills. Subject areas including road safety, aviation, shipping/ports, rail and buses. Community engagement and social enterprise..
Over the years Gateway Associates have delivered a range of services from one-to-one training to presenting key conference speeches; developing marketing opportunities at appropriate trade fairs to delivering multi-sensory road safety programmes to teenage audiences; reviewing road safety national legislation to advising senior country leaders on public relations.