Paul Haley was born in a mining village in County Durham and was educated at Peterlee Grammar School and the Open University.
His early career was spent in the private sector, performing IT roles in the process control and electronics manufacturing industries. His private sector career culminated in him spending ten years as Head of IT for Thyssen Krupp Automotive in the North East of England.
Paul’s first public sector role was with the British Library (the national library of the United Kingdom) where he spent seven years. Originally he led the team tasked with developing a networking infrastructure to support the ‘Digital Library’. Ultimately he became the Library’s Head of Information Systems.
Between 2006 and 2011 Paul was the University of Aberdeen’s Director of Information Technology.
He was Chief Information Officer at City University London from 2011 until 2016 where he had overall responsibility for the management and development of the University's Information Services.
Paul is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Information Technology Practitioner and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Apart from his interest in digital photography and restoration, Paul is a tragically incompetent mandolinist and fingerstyle guitarist.