Paul Reynolds lives next to Olympic Park with his wife 'Em'. Paul first lived in West Ham when he was 18, living in a bedsit and working from 4am at Smithfield Meat Market. He studied evenings at night school, while working, to get into university in London, and eventually became a well-known specialist in international economics and foreign affairs, working in 70 countries worldwide, advising 5 presidents and 7 prime ministers.
He focused on countries in conflict, being appointed Chief Political Adviser to Coalition Forces in Iraq in 2003-4 (despite being against the war) in the early chaos there, with effective military command. He also worked in other conflict zones including; Afghanistan, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and Haiti. His charitable work includes help for the homeless in Africa and Cambodia, chairing a charity helping kids in Brixton, London and running a home for children with special needs. Paul designed and ran a post-graduate programme in the running of government at Westminster University, London.
He is engaged in several campaigns in West Ham, including opposing cement factories and a new main road network in Olympic Park, improved disabled access at stations, better teaching of pre-colonial 'black history' in schools, and measures to alleviate dangerous overcrowding in Stratford Station & Westfield on West Ham match days.
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