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Paul is a writer and public speaker

Paul Gosling in ItalyPaul is a very experienced freelance journalist, specialising in writing about economics, accountancy, politics and personal finance.  He has been editor of ModernGov magazine, a twice yearly publication examining the modernisation of Britain’s public services.  Paul was a regular contributor to The Independent when it was a print publication and he was The Independent’s ‘financial agony uncle’: compiling its weekly Questions of Cash column, answering reader’s questions and challenging banks and other companies on behalf of readers. For almost 30 years, Paul has been a freelance journalist, during which time he has written for nearly all UK and Irish quality newspapers.

Paul has written for many prominent magazines and has gained a reputation for well researched, accurate, articles that are delivered on time and to length.

  • Commended, Europartner Journalism Award, 2002.
  • Commended, Housing Journalist of the Year Awards, 1996.
  • Shortlisted, Headline Money Regional Financial Journalist of the Year, 2010.

Paul has written several books on digital technologies and financial services.  He has also co-written books on a children’s home scandal, on the need for financial services reform and on intellectual property.  Paul’s most recent books are ‘The Fall of the Ethical Bank’, detailing the near collapse of The Co-operative Bank, and ‘A New Ireland: A New Society’, considering the prospects for a united Ireland. He has been engaged by clients to write various reports, including on public service reform, farmers’ incomes and the need for an expansion of higher education in Northern Ireland.

Before becoming a freelance journalist, Paul had a varied career.  He has been an advisor to workers’ co-operatives; a civil servant; was employed as ‘assistant accountant’ at a hosiery factor to oversee the computerisation of their accounting function; and was a politician – he was a Leicester city councillor from 1987 to 1991.

Paul is an accomplished public speaker and lecturer.  He recently spoke to a Cork University credit union conference, detailing the decline and fall of The Co-operative Bank.  Other recent presentations have also examined the crisis at The Co-operative Bank and Co-operative Group.   Paul has given several lectures to University of Cambridge post-graduate engineering students on problems associated with the Public Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnerships.  Other work for academic clients include as an editor of the University of Manchester’s public policy blogs and writing course material on social enterprises and co-operatives for the Open University.

Paul is now working for Sinéad McLaughlin MLA as her policy and research officer.