Paul is a highly experienced manager, consultant, trainer and subject matter expert in sustainability, management, communication and science. He has an extensive career in infrastructure, engineering, transport, mining, commercial consulting, not-for-profit, small business, healthcare, member services, science and technical standards.
Paul is an ISCA Accredited Sustainability Professional. His expertise covers infrastructure, construction, engineering, design and architectural aspects of sustainability. His current role involves mitigating climate change risks, life cycle analysis, carbon and energy assessments, sustainable procurement, Greenstar, ISCA and TfNSW Sustainable Design Guidelines. With broad experience in social sustainability, materiality, GRI reporting, ethical sourcing, and his ability to engage at all levels within an organisation, Paul has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in tackling fundamental barriers to sustainable outcomes.
Paul is also a Certified Lead Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, and has been a GRI Certified Trainer, a member of the GRI’s G4 Working Group on Management Disclosures, a member of the GRI G4 practitioner’s network, a member of the AA1000 SES working group, and a member of the IIRC Technical Collaboration Group on Integrated Reports. Paul has undertaken over 40 assurance assignments, written and contributed to award-winning sustainability reports and written, edited and produced over twenty Annual Reports, and been a significant contributor to thinking around sustainability and integrated reporting. Paul has also undertaken significant work on applying materiality to strategy and risk management, as well as sustainable supply chain management, supplier codes of conduct, and developing and implementing supplier audit programs.
Prior to founding Think Sustainability, Paul was General Manager, Market Capability at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA). ISCA is the peak body in Australia and New Zealand for enabling sustainability outcomes in the planning, design, construction and operation of infrastructure. Paul developed new training strategies and tools to improve industry knowledge and capability in successfully delivering sustainable infrastructure ratings and in supporting professional development of sustainability practitioners. Paul also led ISCA's advocacy activities to promote sustainable practices and outcomes for the infrastructure sector, mapping a pathway to net zero carbon emissions, the social and economic returns of sustainability ratings, and managing the risks of modern slavery in infrastructure supply chains.
From 2015 to 2018, Paul led the sustainability team on the Sydney Metro Northwest Operations, Trains and Stations Phase for three years to help deliver all 500+ sustainability-related aspects of the project. This included climate risk evaluations and adaptions, life cycle analysis, energy consumption modelling, supply chain assessments, sustainable workforce initiatives and community outcomes. Paul was also part of NRT’s Executive Leadership Team on the SPV (OpCo) responsible for managing communications and sustainability for Northwest Rapid Transit Pty Ltd.
From 2017 to 2015, Paul worked as Chief Operating Officer and Principal Consultant with Banarra (now KPMG-Banarra), one of Australia’s most respected consultancies in management and sustainability. There are few Australian-based social auditors and sustainability consultants with Banarra's depth and breadth of experience in sustainability and accountability. Paul has been involved in consulting with high profile companies such as Westpac, Canon, Stockland, Nestle, Newmont, Mirvac, Leighton’s, Telstra, David Jones, Asciano and Hydro Tasmania on their stakeholder engagement, supply chain, strategy and reporting practices.
Paul was the Public Affairs Manager at The George Institute for Global Health from 2005 – 2007. The George Institute has an international reputation for its research and clinical trials in chronic disease and mental health. Paul's role was to raise the profile of the Institute as a centre for research excellence and to build relationships/partnerships with key stakeholders in the academic, healthcare, government, corporate and media sectors.
Paul was also the Corporate Communications and Member Services Manager at the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia. Paul’s role was to enhance the range and quality of member services and achieve improved levels of communications with with NATA’s members, its volunteers, and stakeholders, including the general public. He also implemented the Association’s promotional and marketing activities, public relations, publications and information resources.