The PRCA Education Group aims to share good practice and offer a networking forum to members, both consultancy and in-house, with an interest in all areas of communications and branding in education. It will have a particular focus on issues relating to the university sector in a global and national context, but will also consider more general education themes that relate to both the independent and state sectors.
Paul Church CMPRCA Paul is a charismatic adviser, advocate, campaigner and communicator, with a decade of experience in politics and public affairs. He leads a range of client teams and has a particular specialism in the education, health and third sectors, with a strong track record of creating award-winning, issues-led campaigns, designing and implementing successful strategies and providing senior counsel to clients to meet their policy objectives, raise profiles and enhance reputations.
Paul has extensive experience across national, regional and local government, having served as Chief of Staff to a Government Minister, Adviser to a current senior Secretary of State, Head of Consultancy & Parliamentary Relations for a global political communications business, and as an elected councillor for an iconic part of London, holding executive roles in the education, equalities and health portfolios at a flagship local authority.
Paul read Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has served as trustee of an education charity. He has served as a governor at a secondary academy and two primary schools, and as Vice Chair of Governors at a flagship early years centre. He is Chairman of the public affairs industry’s Education Group and Director of External Affairs for the Conservative Party’s Education Society. He has sat as member of the NHS’s Medical Supplier Board, UK MedTech Forum and Drug Tariff Forum and as a Board Member of a registered social housing provider. He is also a former Vice Chair of the inaugural Public Affairs Board and worked on drafting the public affairs industry’s current code of practice. In his spare time, Paul is a friend of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and a patron of a number of arts organisations.