Paul Lever,
Coaching and Mentoring and Risk and Integrity

Paul founded Marylebone Associates in 2010. His career spans both the public and private sectors where he has held the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive at government agencies and listed companies.

After leaving university Paul spent a short period in the army, later becoming a civilian in South East Asia. On returning to the UK, Paul joined the steel and engineering industry as a graduate trainee and subsequently held supervisory posts in production, industrial relations and sales and marketing.

Following a period as a Marketing Director in the building materials industry, he was appointed a Managing Director by the TI Group, then a FTSE100 company, where he specialised in company recovery within the Group’s engineering and small appliance divisions.

In 1985 Paul was appointed Chief Executive of Crown Paints Limited, a division of Reed International plc which the latter sold to Williams Holdings in 1987. Paul continued as Chief Executive of Crown Paints and purchased and integrated Berger Paints with Crown to form Crown Berger, with annual sales in 1989 of £400 million.

Paul left Crown Berger in 1989 to take up the position of Executive Chairman of Lionheart plc, a fully listed conglomerate. Over a period of seven years he turned the business into a more commercially focused organisation and oversaw operations during the challenging 1991 – 1996 recession. He appointed a Chief Executive in 1995, while remaining Chairman, but left the business in 1996.

For the best part of the next decade, up until 2005, Paul’s various Non Executive Chairmanships spanned both the private and public sectors.

Chairmanships in the private sector included the British School of Motoring, encompassing a flotation; Oxford Aviation which incorporated Oxford Airport Pilot Training School, Oxford Airport and an aircraft maintenance facility; Alexander Drew, a textile printing business; Lynwood Holdings, an injection moulding and re-cycling plastic scrap manufacturer; and ATC Limited, the accountancy training company.

Government appointments included the Chairmanship of Ashworth High Security Hospital from 1996 to 1999 during the period of a public enquiry; in 1997 he was appointed the Home Secretary’s representative on the Boards of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) and the National Crime Squad (NCS). He was appointed Chairman of the NCIS and NCS Boards in 2002 until 2005, and took part in the formation of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) which, in 2005, replaced NCIS and NCS.

Paul currently chairs two public companies, three equity-backed businesses and one private company, Bishop International Limited.

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