Paul Sheffield studied civil engineering at the University of Surrey, graduating in 1983, becoming Chartered in 1987. Following graduation, he spent 31 with the Keir Group, initially working on a wide range of civil engineering and construction projects in various parts of the world including a gold mine in Papua New Guinea, a commercial development in London, a concrete gravity dam in Snowdonia where he was the Chief Engineer, and latterly as Project Director on a power station in Hertfordshire, a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia and underground railways in Hong Kong.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was on the Board of Keir with responsibility for their global civil engineering and construction activities and from 2010 to 2014 he was the CEO of the Group with overall revenues of £3bn and activities spanning construction, support services, property development and high rise residential.
In 2014 he joined Laing O’Rourke to head their UK and Middle East construction business with close involvement in major infrastructure and construction projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnels and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, and various hospitals, schools, retail and residential projects.
Paul is currently a non-executive Director of Southern Water Services and is on the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Construction Group BAM. He is also an Industrial Advisor to the Board of Manchester Airport Group working on their capital expansion work at both Manchester and Stansted airports. He is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to construction and charitable fundraising.