Paul has lived in Tosside for over 30 years, attending Gisburn Forest Primary School and then Bowland High. In 1996, after completing studies at Blackburn College, he started his own electrical business, which has grown over the years and he now employs five people. He is a trustee of Tosside Community Hall and became Parish Councillor in 2008. Paul is married and has three teenage children. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and road cycling.