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Paul Wickens


Paul joined the Department of Finance and Personnel in the Northern Ireland Civil Service to create and lead a new multi-functional Shared Services Organisation - Enterprise Shared Services (ESS). Since it's inception, ESS has created shared services in IT, HR and Finance. 

In June 2012, Government Estates and Properties were moved into the organisation. At the same time, the Information Strategy and Innovation Division was moved into ESS – this comprises the citizen-facing service NI Direct as well as the Business Consultancy Service.

ESS employs over 950 people and is delivering high-value shared services to over 30 government organisations.
Paul also sits on the Departmental Board of the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP). 

As Managing Partner at Stockbridge Associates, he previously led his own Management Consultancy providing specialist consultancy into companies working with the Public Sector. Before that, he was Managing Director for Steria in Ireland where he achieved triple-digit growth in all areas of the business. He was responsible for autonomous business and the P&L in Ireland and reported directly into the UK Operations Board. He led the integration of the team and projects acquired from Xansa in Ireland.