Paul is the founding Chairman of ESPA and a parent of Jamie (born 1970) who has classic autism. He set up the Charity with a group of other parents of young adults on the autism in 1989 (formerly known as Communities for Autistic People). Paul is the former President of World Autism Organisation.
He background is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy and related subjects at University of Sunderland. He is also a founder of the Autism Research Unit at Sunderland University now ESPA-Research, a subsidiary of the Charity. In 1999 all his hard work and commitment was recognised when he was Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen.
Paul’s specific research interests and publications involve studies on biological mechanisms which underlie the symptoms of autism spectrum conditions and interventions which can alleviate these symptoms.