Paul Lawrence, Executive Director of Place, City of Edinburgh Council

Paul Lawrence is the Executive Director for Place at the City of Edinburgh Council. His responsibilities include Economic Development, Environmental Services, Culture, Housing, Planning, Regulatory Services and Transport. He is also the Council’s lead officer for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.   

Paul joined the Council in late 2015. Prior to this, he was the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council – one of the ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester city region, with a similar range of responsibilities.   

Paul started his working life in the cultural sector, before being appointed as Head of Cultural and Economic Development at Newcastle City Council in 2000. He later became Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for Economic Policy, City Region Partnerships, and Corporate Communications. 

Paul Lawrence will speak on the morning of Thursday 17 June 2021 about contemporary challenges and opportunities in Edinburgh