Paul Horrocks


Paul Horrocks was the editor in chief of the Manchester Evening News for over 12 years and worked in the mainstream media in Manchester for nearly 40 years. He is a former president of the UK Society of Editors.

Paul now runs his own PR consultancy, Essential Comms in Bury and is a partner in the Gordon Burns Partnership media consultancy. He is a trainer in investigative journalism for the Thomson Foundation and has worked in Nepal and with groups from India.

He was the chairman of Bury NHS Primary Care Trust for two years and is now a non-executive on the Greater Manchester NHS Primary Care Trust and vice chairman of Bury clinical commissioning group.  

Paul is a member of the fundraising board for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, a director of The Tatton Charitable Trust and a patron of Bury Hospice. He is married to Linda with four grown-up children, and lives in Bury.

Paul joined the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission through the NHS Greater Manchester network to help communicate the findings of the report to the wider public and to learn more about the behaviour changes which are necessary to make a difference.