Paul Raynes was educated at the Salesian College in Farnborough, Hampshire, where he was head boy, and at Downing College, Cambridge, where he took the Triposes in English Literature under David Holbrook and Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic under Simon Keynes, as well as devoting time to the Cambridge Union, the stage, and rowing.
His career, which has mostly been in public service, began at HM Treasury, where he was private secretary to three Cabinet Ministers, and included a posting as Financial Attaché at the British Embassy in Paris where he supported the Prime Minister’s office and the Treasury in discussions about the Euro. He has worked as a Chief Officer in local government, including at Essex County Council, and worked at the Local Government Association where he was councils’ national representative at the government’s COBR meetings. Paul has also been a financial journalist; his market-moving commentary was published in the Wall Street Journal, La Repubblica and Le Monde. He is currently a Director at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, where he heads its work as the Local Transport Authority responsible for public transport and a £200 million capital programme of transport investments. He has previously been Chair of Governors at a large multi-site comprehensive school in Central London, where he oversaw a transition to Academy status.
Paul is a catechist at his local parish church and a candidate in formation for the permanent Diaconate. He is married to Sarah and has four children.
Paul has been a governor of St Edmund’s College since 2018 serving on the Finance and Academic sub-committees; he was appointed as Chair of Governors on1st January 2021.