Paul Church

Associate Director

Paul has over a decade of experience in politics, public affairs and communications, with a track record of creating award-winning, issues-led campaigns, designing and implementing successful strategies and providing senior counsel to organisations to meet their policy objectives, raise profiles and bring about positive change. He leads Connect’s team focussed upon education, health, public services, skills and the third sector, advising organisations such as: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Childcare & Early Education, Google, University of the Arts London and Urban Transport Group.

Paul has extensive experience across national, regional and local government, as Adviser to a current Secretary of State, Chief of Staff to a Government Minister and Head of Consultancy & Parliamentary Relations for a global political communications business. He chairs both the Conservative Party’s official Education Society and the communications, public affairs and public relations industry’s PRCA Education Group.

Paul has served as Vice Chair of Governors at a flagship early years centre and a Governor at two primary schools and a secondary academy. He was elected to represent an iconic part of London, holding executive roles in the education, equalities and health portfolios for a flagship local authority – the first in the country to receive an ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted for its children’s services. He served as trustee of an education charity and Board Member of a registered social housing provider, as well as sitting on the NHS’s Medical Supplier Board, UK MedTech Forum and Drug Tariff Forum. He was also Vice Chair of the inaugural Public Affairs Board, which drafted the industry’s current code of practice.

In his spare time, Paul is a friend of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and patron of a number of arts organisations. Paul read Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.