The Smith Institute’s work is undertaken by a team of experienced researchers who are respected experts in their field. Our research team are not just experts in their subject but exerpienced in conducting interviews, data analysis, desk research, hosting discussions, writing reports and presenting findings. Our extensive networks alongside experience in delivering projects, producing reports and hosting events ensures our work is respected and influential.
Paul has overall responsibility for the Institute’s programme of research and events. He was previously Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott MP and other ministers at the Department of Communities and Local Government (1997-05). Paul has worked in various policy areas, including sustainability, industry and finance, regulation, housing and regeneration, cities and urban policy, planning, regional policy, local government, third sector, and public-private partnerships. Paul previously worked for the Financial Times, the Economist Group, Trades Union Congress, and the Parliamentary Labour Party under the late John Smith. He was also adviser to the House of Commons Trade & Industry Select Committee, EU, OECD, ILO, UN, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Dun & Bradstreet International.