Councillor Paul Murphy

Councillor Paul Murphy joined Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) in 2000. He was appointed Chairman in June 2007.  Councillor Murphy is currently an Executive Member of the Association of Police Authorities Board, representing the North West of England.  Councillor Murphy is also the National Chair of the Strategic Policing Policy Network which includes the oversight of counter terrorism and serious organised crime. Councillor Murphy has lived in Moston in north Manchester all his life and has been a local ward Manchester City Councillor for the area for 16 years.  He started his career as an apprentice for Manchester based aircraft manufacturer AVRO and worked in the aerospace industry for 40 years rising to senior management level.  After taking early retirement, Councillor Murphy became Assistant Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources and then Executive Member for Direct Services at Manchester City Council.  Councillor Murphy has a personal passion for archeology and works hard to ensure greater access to the humanities at university level for working class people. Paul is married to Anita and has two grown-up children and four grandchildren. Paul joined the Commission because he felt that as Chair of GMPA detailed awareness of causes and impact of poverty informs us of the stresses and pressures that this brings to ordinary and in some cases, hard working families.