Paul Hirmis

Senior Project Officer

Paul joined Involve in January 2023 as a Senior Project Officer. Paul currently leads projects across Involves innovation and practice team. This includes designing and facilitating processes that bring people together to learn, deliberate and make decisions.

Paul is an experienced project manager, facilitator and social researcher; focused on inclusion, community building, and conflict transformation. He helps people to harness the power of dialogue to address complexity. He does this through supporting groups to increase awareness of the self and of the group dynamics, and to identify opinions, values and beliefs that contribute to these dynamics. This helps groups to clearly identify and work through sticky points, and makes space for imaginative and creative solutions.

Paul also brings 6 years' experience in community development, youth work, and education. Paul led the learning strand of a place based community development programme based in 9 communities across Scotland, where he developed skills in emergent learning to understand impact, develop strategy. Paul also ran engagements with thousands of young people across Scotland when at the Scottish Youth Parliament, and worked alongside young people to raise awareness and knowledge of young people's rights during the 'Right Here, Right Now' campaign for incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.