Paul is a teacher by training and taught maths to 14-18 year olds in a large school in his native county of Leicestershire. Then, having taken early retirement from teaching, he made a classic poacher-turned-gamekeeper manoeuvre and worked for OFSTED inspecting schools. This work ceased in 2005 when he turned to bridge as a way of earning (a small amount of) money. He first learned to play bridge as long ago as 1966, learning the game from his father at the age of 11. His bridge credits include having won many local, county and national competitions (among which are the Life Masters pairs, the National pairs and the Gold Cup). He has represented both Leicestershire and England and has taught bridge for many years. He has also coached and captained the England under-25 team. Currently, Paul is engaged with creating many hands for teaching purposes, largely for VuBridge (an internet site).
To keep his hand in (as it were) Paul gives bridge lectures both in Leicestershire and in Somerset, where he is charged with being the County Coach. Along with writing articles for English Bridge and writing commentaries for simultaneous pairs competitions he also teaches bridge on board cruise ships (with his wife) when given the chance.
Last updated: August 2013
Major International Appearances
European Junior Championships: 1980
Camrose Trophy Selections: 1991 1994 2001 and 2003
Gold Cup Winner: 1997
National Pairs winner: 1989 1990 and 1998
Tollemache Cup winner: 1979