Paul Needham

Head of Employment Services

Paul is the Head of the Employment Services Team, delivering Government and European funded support programmes to enable participants to overcome barriers to work and enter or return to the job market. Currently the programmes include The Department of Work & Pension’s (DWP) Better Working Futures contract – for long term unemployed with health or mental health barriers to work; the DWP Job Entry: Targeted Support contract – for job seekers impacted by the Covid pandemic and Way2Work (part funded by the European Social Fund) – for participants with multiple and complex barriers.

Paul joined the Chamber in 2005 and prior to his current position, worked in adult employment support as an adviser and 16-24 provision, for those outside of mainstream education, as a mentor and trainer and is qualified as a teacher and coach.

Paul is a reluctant runner and a limited ability footballer and enjoys walking, cycling and writing and performing music.