Paul Carter CBE

Maidstone Rural North

Paul has been an elected County Councillor for Kent County Council for 20 years representing the Maidstone Rural North ward. He was first elected in 1997 and appointed Leader of the Council in 2005. Paul also represents the County Council Network (CCN) for England as their Chairman.

Prior to his election as Leader of KCC, Paul held the education portfolio and oversaw a massive school building modernisation programme as well as delivering substantial improvement in schools standards. It is enormously pleasing now to see school attainment at all key stages above national averages in Kent.

Currently as Leader of KCC, Paul has overseen massive change and transformation in the delivery of front line services to residents of all ages and stages in Kent - having successfully delivered to the government's austerity programme some £400,000,000 of efficiency savings.

Currently Paul is spending a considerable amount of time in his busy schedule working on health and social care transformation; hoping to see the development of dramatically expanding primary and community health and social services that support patients 24/7 and help reduce avoidable admittance into hospital particularly applicable to the elderly - "the team around the surgery supporting their patient in the community" - easily accessible to patients.

Outside of his political career Paul has been a successful entrepreneur with a business career spanning over 35 years, having established and run a number of highly profitable businesses, primarily in construction, property and retail in Central London.

Paul is married with three grown up sons. His hobbies include competing in all aspects of motorsport.