Paul Downer

Paul Downer

Paul was born in Ladbroke Grove, West London and grew up in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and went to school in Shepherds Bush. He joined the Ministry of Justice [[MoJ] then Lord Chancellors Department in Jan 1984– starting at Willesden County Court in North London.

Paul progressed to Deputy Court Manager and then to become the Court Manager at the Principal Registry of the Family Division ( the largest family court in the UK). In 2008 , Paul took up the post of the Head of the Civil Modernisation team at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). During this period he lead and delivered numerous transformational change projects such as the Fee Account service, the Secure Data Transfer project and the Digital Audio Recording service. In 2013 Paul visited Croatia on behalf of HMCTS to advise on the implementation of a digital recording process in their domestic justice system.

In 2017 Paul took up the role of the Service Manager for the Digital Probate project , which was part of the HMCTS Reform Programme. In this he designed, developed and implemented a new digital application to be used by citizens without the need for employing a solicitor. Throughout his 36 years as a civil servant, Paul has supported and led on numerous Diversity and inclusion initiatives both in his professional capacity and as a community activist. He was a founding member of the MoJ’s first BAME network , PROUD in 2001.

In 2019 Paul left the MoJ after 35 years and took up the post of a Digital Delivery Advisor at the Government Digital Service (GDS). In June 2019 Paul founded the first Social Mobility Network at GDS , forming links with the Social Mobility Commission & the Social Mobility Foundation to promote the SM agenda. He is a member of the Cabinet Office Social Mobility Network (COSMN)and the Cross Government Social Mobility Network (CGSMN) and is a Social Mobility Ambassador for the MoJ, attending schools promoting the civil service as a employer of choice to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Paul speaks regularly on the issues of Race and Class individually , as well as teaming up with civil service colleague, Rob Neil OBE, as part their “Unfinished Business” series

Paul lives with his wife in Harrow, England and has four children.

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