Heather Paul, Lecturer

Heather Paul


Heather Paul is a lecturer, contributing to both undergraduate and post graduate programmes on Teaching and Education within Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie School of Education. She is thrilled to be one of a team lecturing on the MA in Race within the school’s Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality. She is also the Chair for the school’s inclusive strategy group.

Heather brings unique breadth and depth from her various roles and lived experiences. She is very much committed to bringing her willingness to learn from others into her role as a Lecturer.

Prior to joining the university, she worked for many years as a local authority senior manager, strategically leading and developing a range of organisational teams, leading regional projects and creating a leadership academy to address skills gaps identified in management and leadership across local government and partnership organisations.
She is passionate ultimately at making an impact for all communities to develop and thrive by supporting and developing young people and adults.

Her career practice and management experiences also come from working within social services, voluntary sectors, NHS and SMEs. Very early in her career, she taught performing arts and currently in a voluntary capacity is an Executive Board Director for the Phoenix National Dance Theatre. 

Current Teaching

Heather currently teaches in the Carneige School of Education.

Research Interests

Currently Heather is researching her PhD “The Legacy of Gertrude Paul”. The research is pertinent to the north of England and the rest of the UK as Gertrude Paul (her mother) was a first generation Black feminist, antiracist activist and one of the first Black women head teachers in the UK.

Therefore research interests are theories which create a different way of seeing and being in society. This includes theories which challenge exclusion and dehumanisation of people, which address intersectionalities, such as Critical Race Theories, Black Feminist Theories, Afrofeminism which challenge issues of racism, class, gender identity, legal status and sexuality.

As a qualified executive coach, Heather also continues to be a confidential coach and mentor to very talented senior leaders from a range of professional and voluntary backgrounds, facilitating others always to identify and address the root causes of personal and organisational challenges.
She is interested in developing her unique framework around these experiences, principles and practices of application to embed within existing coaching frameworks and begin to publish her research.

Heather Paul, Lecturer