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Bradford born and bred, Paul Ashton’s career background is in finance. He plans to utilise his experience in the industry to strengthen and enhance the financial management strategy at Bradford College. Paul is also the Chair of the Audit Committee.
Paul qualified as an Accountant in 1988, and has worked in various financial roles since. He is Finance Director at Leeds based ER&GE (UK) Limited, and so is well placed to advise the College.
ER&GE (UK) Limited is part of a German group that manufactures industrial engineering sheet and film products. The company employs 30 people; Paul joined the team in 1994 and is responsible for the Finance, Administration and IT Departments at the company’s UK base.
Aside from his career in Finance, Paul has gained considerable understanding of the education sector as a Governor of Woodlands Primary School, Leeds, which included a stint as Chair of Governors.
As he continues to further his own professional development, Paul is a great advocate for education, with particular interest in the Further Education and Higher Education sectors.
It is incredibly important to keep on learning and developing,” said Paul, who gained an MSc in Accounting at Leeds Metropolitan University.
I’m lucky that by working in Finance I get the opportunity to ‘stick my finger in lots of pies’ and experience a variety of industry sectors. The world is changing and education needs to play a big role in how the country competes.
Equally, Paul acknowledges that Bradford College needs to respond and become more flexible to meet the challenges of a sector which is rapidly becoming more commercial and competitive.
Bradford College is well placed – it is respected in the City and has an excellent reputation in the sector.
Away from work, Paul is a keen cyclist, and in 2012 he covered the 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the charities Brain Tumour Research and Support Across Yorkshire.
Paul is also a committee member of the German-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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