Paul Parsons

Institute Associate Profile

Paul is a vocal champion of good communication with 14 years of experience in promoting and facilitating engagement, participation and consultation with people who live with disabilities, people who have English as a second language, and people who are deaf, blind, or deaf and blind.

A public engagement and campaigning specialist, Paul has been a Policy adviser to the Welsh Government, director of marketing and communications at an Ofqual regulated qualifications body, director of the UK regulator of Sign Language interpreters, and a senior NHS communications and engagement manager. He has long-standing interests in policy, social justice and equality issues that have led him to paid and voluntary work for organisations as diverse as RNID, Prince’s Trust; LGB Switchboard; and several substance misuse and homelessness charities.

Paul specialises in widening participation using accessible communication techniques to engage people and communities who some services described as ‘hard to reach’. He brings that experience to organisations who are concerned about meeting their legal obligations and excited by the opportunities new approaches and new audiences bring to their business objectives

Paul is an accredited member of the chartered institute of public relations and a fellow of the chartered management institute.

Paul is a strong advocate of a more inclusive society and an active supporter of social justice and equality issues. He is a keen volunteer and when he’s not reading, writing, or watching rugby, Paul spends several hours every week out and about on his road bike chasing after coffee and homemade cake.

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