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Based in Dubai, Paul joined PACP in 2019 and is a successful commercial and communication director with experience across Australia, the UK and the MENA region. He is facilitating fund-raising activity, deal flows and trade between the UK and Dubai.

Originally an award-winning news journalist, he first joined the corporate world in Australia. While he directed group-wide sales and marketing for the construction equipment subsidiaries of Australia’s Westrac CAT, revenues almost doubled – from $107m $210m.

In the UK, when he joined the Board of General All-Purpose Plastics, its 42 home improvement trade depots had been left behind in the race to dominate the UK’s fast-moving DIY market. When he left five years later the group had 108 branches and 30,000 customers generating over £100m in revenues

In Dubai, he Co-Founded the MySecondHome luxury dog resort. Today, its two facilities have 4,000 Members and cater for the boarding, daycare, grooming and training needs of 250 dogs each day.


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