Paul Davies: Bristol's first consultant to represent the city in Brussels
This is “Our man in Brussels” who has been charged with the task of tapping into millions of pounds of Euro money for the city.
Paul Davies, 33, who was born in Bristol, is the city council’s first ever direct representative at the EU’s headquarters.
He will be Head of the Bristol Brussels Office and has been appointed on a consultancy basis which means that he will earn between £47,500 and £63,300, depending on the number of days worked.
Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson said: “This appointment represents an important investment and will strengthen our ability to access valuable European and International funding opportunities in the years ahead. Paul has a tremendous range of skills and experience which will help us to effectively monitor the impact of European policy and legislation on the city.
“While the candidates’ heritage was not part of the job description, we are also delighted that Paul is an enthusiastic Bristolian who maintains strong links with the city. We look forward to working with him during our European Green Capital year and hopefully well beyond.”
Paul’s career in Brussels began with an internship at the South West UK regional office and since then he has represented a number of organisations including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and provided consultancy to the European Commission with Deloitte.
He said: “I am looking forward to working with the council to strengthen the presence of my home city at the EU level. As Bristol's first permanent Brussels representative, I will have the exciting opportunity of ensuring that the city and its activities are known in Brussels – as well as helping to ensure that developments in the EU are fully exploited for the benefit of Bristol too.
“My employment background has given me an in-depth understanding, from different perspectives, of EU Affairs. As a lobbyist, I represented regional and UK interests in Brussels. As a consultant, I helped implement large EU-funded programmes. Combined with my knowledge of and affinity with Bristol, this has provided me with what I believe are the relevant skills and experience for the role.”
In his spare time, Paul is a keen sports fan and ran the Brussels Half Marathon earlier this month. He has also completed the Bristol Half Marathon twice and 10k several times.
Stephen Hilton, Service Director for Bristol Futures, said: “Bristol is looking to further define its presence on the international stage and build on the potential of becoming an inaugural member of the Rockerfeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Network - so this is an exciting time to be involved in developing our international presence.
“It is our aspiration that Paul’s role may be supported by several internships in the future too.”
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