Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Deputy Leader, Chief Whip and Spokesperson for Rural Affairs
Paul was born in 1969 and grew up in Pontsian just outside Llandysul in the County of Ceredigion. He attended Tregroes Primary School and Llandysul Grammar School and after obtaining A Levels at Newcastle Emlyn Comprehensive School, he joined Lloyds Bank in 1987.
Before his election to the National Assembly for Wales, Paul worked as a Business Manager for Lloyds TSB, based in Haverfordwest, where he helped small businesses to develop.
In February 2000, Paul fought the Ceredigion Parliamentary by-election and improved the Conservative Party's position from fifth place in the previous Assembly election to third place and pushed Labour into fourth place.
He also fought the 2001 general election as the Parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion. In 2003, he fought Preseli Pembrokeshire in the Welsh Assembly election where he increased the share of the vote from 23% to 30%. He improved the Conservative Party's position from third to second place and only 1,326 votes behind Labour.
Paul has also held senior positions within the Conservative party in Mid and West Wales such as chairman of Ceredigion Conservative Association and deputy chairman of Mid and West Wales Conservatives.
Paul was elected as the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire in May 2007, with 38.6% of the vote and a majority of 3,205.
Paul has previously served as Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport and most recently as Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly. Paul was appointed Shadow Minister for Finance in July 2011.
Paul lives with his wife Julie in Blaenffos, North Pembrokeshire and they were married in September 2006. Paul has previously been a member of Boncath Community Council and was a school Governor for many years. His main interests outside Politics are rugby, reading and visiting historical attractions.