Elected: 2023
Discipline: Private Sector Leadership
Professor Dr Paul Atkinson
Partner, Partner
Paul is a Founding partner and active investor with Par Equity, one of the UK’s top performing venture capital firms.
Previously, he was founder of Direct Resources Ltd and RecruitmentScotand.com, both of which achieved successful exits. He also founded Head Resourcing Ltd, which evolved into the global talent business, Taranata Group, following the acquisition of Change Recruitment Group. He continues to Chair this business.
Paul also provides guidance and advice to other business founders. In particular he is Chair of PR & Communications business, Clark Communications and also the fast growing digital transformation business, xDesign. He is also Chair of a Infinitx, which is a private capital markets platform.
His pro-bono activities include being the Chair of Converge, which supports company creation for Scottish universities and Chair of SBRC, providing business resilience, cyber and fraud support to Scottish businesses. He is also a Chair of the Scottish Forestry Trust and former Trustee of Scottish Sports Futures and advisor to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers for Scotland.
Paul is a Physics graduate of Manchester University and holds an Honorary Doctorate and Visiting Professor position with Edinburgh Napier University Business School.