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With over 25 years’ experience in a FTSE 100, Paul brings a wealth of real life experience to mentoring. Paul was the UK and Europe CEO of Standard Life PLC from 2011 to 2017 and served as a PLC Board member through a time of significant growth and change culminating in the merger with Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2017. Paul has extensive experience in leading large scale and complex transformation, dealing with strategic relationships with clients, shareholders and investment advisors and building high performing teams. Paul has in depth knowledge of the UK and international investment pensions & savings markets and was a regular speaker at industry events in the UK and Germany.
Paul has a passion for helping businesses and individuals grow and succeed. He recognises that every Executive has unique skills, experience and ambition. As a Mentor, he focuses on understanding their key objectives and working with them to achieve their goals. Paul believes that businesses rely heavily on their leaders to set both the strategy and culture in the work place and knows it can be a tough and lonely place at times. Personally, he strives to make a difference, learn new things and enjoy life to its fullest. Paul recognises the importance of great teamwork and believes that every person and company has the potential to do ‘amazing things’ and he wants to help those who have the aspiration to do so.
Paul went straight from school to work at the London Stock Exchange before joining National Mutual life in 1988 where he worked for ten years in both investment and sales roles before joining Standard Life. Paul’s background was in marketing and sales before he went on to become the UK CEO and then UK and Europe CEO at Standard Life followed by an appointment to the main PLC Board. He has extensive experience in the Pensions, Savings and Investment markets as well as experience of both acquiring businesses and initiating start-ups. Paul retired in 2017 as the UK and Europe CEO of a FTSE 100 PLC with 1.2 million shareholders and 4.5 million customers in 45 countries. Now a Mentor at Merryck, he finds helping executives explore their options hugely rewarding and is excited by the opportunity to help others achieve great things. Paul is also an independent non-executive director at Quilter PLC and a non-executive director of its subsidiary Quilter Financial Planning.
Paul is married with 3 children. He enjoys playing cricket, golf, walking and also works with a personal trainer 3 times a week. He enjoys and values spending time with his family – something he committed to doing more of when he started working with his own mentor back in 2010.
“I felt completely at ease with [my mentor]. What I found really value-adding - and different - about [my mentor’s] approach was her ability to subtly challenge my thought processes, leading me to an answer that I implicitly knew was the right one but that I had previously allowed myself to compromise upon.”