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Paul Lee, DL, MA, LLM

Paul joined The University of Manchester’s Board of Governors in 2010 and is also a member of the Finance Committee, the Global Leadership Board and the Staffing Committee.

Paul Lee

Born in Manchester in 1946 and educated at Manchester Central Grammar School, Paul read Law at Clare College, Cambridge. He joined the Manchester law firm Addleshaw Sons and Latham in 1970, becoming a partner there in 1973 and Managing Partner in 1991. He led the firm through two mergers, becoming Senior Partner of Addleshaw Booth and Co in 1997 and subsequently Addleshaw Goddard in 2003. He retired from partnership with the firm in October 2013 having been a partner there for just over 40 years.

In 2009 Paul was appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board.

Paul has previously held various directorships in both public and private companies, including, until Christmas 2007, directorship of the Yorkshire Building Society, where for some time he was Deputy Chairman. He was a member of the board of the CBI until December 2012, having previously been Chairman of CBI North West. He was also Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team for three years until the end of 2012.

In addition to promoting the business interests of north-west England through the latter chairmanship, Paul has for very many years been heavily involved with a variety of cultural and educational organisations. He is currently Chairman of Opera North in Leeds and has been Chairman of the Feoffees (Trustees) of Chetham’s School of Music since late 2005, having previously been Chair of the Governors there for 15 years. He was a member of the Board of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester for 30 years from 1985 and served as Chairman there from 1998 until his retirement in 2015. He has also served on the boards of Northern Ballet Theatre, the Hallé Concerts Society and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Paul is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and was High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 2014–15.

Paul’s charitable interests extend from the arts to education, sport and beyond. He was for some time Joint-Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Development Committee in the north-west and he is actively involved with World Fellowship of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.