Paul became of trustee of Involve in 2021. He is Head of Innovation & Voice with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, leading their work on social and democratic Innovation.

Since joining the Foundation in 2013 Paul has developed a number of creative co-design, collaboration and grant-making programmes that have resulted in Northern Ireland's first citizens' assembly and participatory budgeting initiatives, as well as political commitments around open government and citizen participation. Prior to his return to Northern Ireland in 2011 Paul worked in international development, partnering with civil society groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America around participatory governance and human rights.