Paul commenced his career as a teacher in the early 1970s. After teaching in five different primary schools (four of which were in low socio-economic areas) over 14 years, he attained his first appointment as a principal in 1984. Lake King Primary was followed by Trayning, Mingenew and Kyilla. While at Kyilla, in 1995, Paul undertook a position as Primary Curriculum Consultant in the central office of the Education Department. This was followed by a stint as a consultant in Technology and Enterprise in the Canning District Office.
In 1998, Paul was appointed to North Parmelia Primary School, which was a ‘Technology Focus’ school within the department. This was followed by stints as principal of Bramfield Park, Forrest Crescent and Forrestdale Primary Schools.
Paul resigned from the department in 2005 and commenced working as a private consultant in schools. His work concentrated on school planning for improvement as well as working with schools in the area of staff recruitment and selection. This was complemented by extensive work with individuals in developing effective job applications within the government system.
From February 2006 to December 2008, Paul was employed by Curtin University as the coordinator of the Centre for Regional Education in Armadale. Duties here included the management of the centre as well as lecturing/tutoring pre-service education students.
In 2009 Paul became involved in the mentoring of school leaders through the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) project which was a national ‘Closing the Gap’ initiative. Since then he has mentored school leaders in three more versions of this project in WA. He has also assumed the roles of PALL project developer, deliverer and overall coordinator in the past two years.
This year, he teamed with two academics from ECU to develop a similar project in Numeracy (Principals as Numeracy Leaders) and three concurrent projects are being piloted in this initiative.
Paul was involved in initially developing Fogarty EDvance and worked with Cohort 1. He stays involved with he program in a consulting capacity.