Paul Carswell

Paul took up his current role as Head of Diversity & Inclusion with the Department for Work & Pensions in May 2016.  Previously he worked as Head of External Engagement & Inclusion with the Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Team from November 2014.  He led on a number of initiatives arising out of the Civil Service Talent Action Plan, including, leading the cross-Government LGB&T portfolio, supporting the Civil Service LGB&T Champion, and overall Diversity Champion, Sue Owen (Permanent Secretary at the Dept. of Culture Media and Sport), cross-Government employee network funding, membership of professional bodies, and recruitment, retention and progression initiatives.

Paul had previously worked in the Crown Prosecution Service as Head of Equality & Diversity for CSP London, then latterly as Head of Inclusion then Acting Director of Public Accountability & Inclusion at CPS Headquarters.  Paul was instrumental in designing and implementing a reasonable adjustments passport, and established a LGB Senior Straight Allies programme.

Prior to joining the Civil Service, Paul worked in the NHS, leading the Diversity & Inclusion function in the London Ambulance Service and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  He began his work in the field of diversity & inclusion during his 16 years with the Metropolitan Police Service.  He began as an operation police constable, then moved into training and finally, what was then termed, Community and Race Relations, having undertaken the residential course with the Home Office Specialist Support Unit.  Paul’s final post in the Met was with the Positive Action Team, where he led on BME and LGB recruitment, retention and progression initiatives.  Paul was one of the founder members of the Gay Police Association in 1990 and held the post as General Secretary for four years.

Paul move into the police from the military, having worked in close protection in Northern Ireland with the Royal Military Police.  He then undertook a short service commission in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC), finishing as the Officer-in-Charge of the Military Training Wing at the RAOC training centre.

Paul grew up in the USA where he emigrated with his family in 1965.  He returned to the UK in 1976 to join the army in 1977.  He completed a Master’s Degree in Individual and Organisation Development in 2005.  He and his partner, Álvaro, from São Paulo, Brazil, had a civil partnership in 2006.  The ceremony was broadcast on television in Brazil where it was seen by around 70 million people.

In his current role, Paul is developing an initiative to improve service delivery to customers and increase diversity within the workforce using customer insight and the key driver.

(Sept. 2016)