Paul enjoyed a distinguished 22-year career as an ISR/EW specialist in the RAF, including two tours on Maritime Nimrods and four years in an EW role within the Air Warfare Centre. In 2004 he was posted to the Combined Joint Predator Task Force in Nevada as a Predator Sensor Operator (SO), holding the posts of Chief Sensor Operator and Standards Evaluator and Flight Examiner (SEFE) for the combined UK/USAF Squadron. He was then selected as Initial Cadre on the USAF’s first MQ-9 Reaper Squadron.
During the development of the UK Reaper Operational Conversion Course he established the Reaper SO Standards and Evaluation flight. He was awarded a Commander-in-Chief’s personal Commendation in the 2009 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his contribution to the UK’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Capability. Back in the UK he was heavily involved in the development of the UK’s first Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) course.
Paul is married with two teenage sons, three dogs, five cats, 30 Chickens, 40 Cows and 60 Sheep and thinks there might be a goldfish somewhere too.