About Paul Houghton
Paul joined Leeds Business School (LBS) in January 2006. His first degree is from Hull University after which he completed a postgraduate Diploma in Financial Services through Sheffield Hallam University. He is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and, in recognition of his contribution to financial education in schools, was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute.
Prior to joining LBS, Paul spent 30 years with Yorkshire bank, ultimately in senior roles within the broader National Australia Bank group. His most recent role in the bank was as Head of Business Lending services, GB & Ireland. Previous roles included spells in the bank's Treasury operation in London and the internal audit division.
Paul's practical and academic experience supports his teaching of financial management, corporate finance and investment management. These support delivery at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Paul is presently looking at the financing of small business, particularly around the influences which affect a firm's ability to raise finance. His PhD research aims to compare such influences on Asian and non-Asian UK-based small businesses.
He is also interested in the links between the university and local businesses/professional firms. This includes the employability of students, critical as they look to maximise their career opportunities.