Paul is nominated for the work he does in his spare time to promote the city's culture, with a particular focus on celebrating diversity, social inclusion and empowerment.
Paul has co-ordinated Exeter Respect Festival since 2003 and has successfully overseen its growth into the city's biggest socially inclusive event. Exeter Respect 2011 was attended by a staggering 20,500 people and it is estimated that if Paul had been paid for project management of the festival his fee would have been about £10,000 a year. To put on such a massive event for no payment whatsoever is no mean feat and the end result is underpinned by an enormous amount of unseen hard work. To get Respect to its current level has involved tenacity, determination, vision and, above all, the ability to work with every section of our city's population.
The Olympics celebrates the focus and dedication of unpaid amateurs, no-one has been more focussed with such an incredible outcome for our city.