Paul Jenkins joined ‘The Abbey’ in 1958 and left Woodbridge School in 1967. After 10 years in the construction industry working for Limmer & Trinidad, Tarmac and Mowlem Paving, Paul decided to embark on a ‘round the world’ trip in 1977, working for several months on construction projects in Tanzania and then – after an epic 6,200-mile safari in a Land Rover to South Africa – a spell with Tarmac in Johannesburg.
After returning to the UK, Paul was involved with several start-up companies – but after losing an ‘eye’ in an accident, decided to pursue a career in the then fledgling IT Industry, becoming a founding director of PAV IT Services in Sussex. In the course of the next 20 years, PAV grew to circa 30 employees, delivering a range of ‘managed services’ to clients all over the UK and some with overseas connections. In 2018, Paul and his fellow founding Directors sold their interest in PAV and Paul returned to Suffolk where he is enjoying his retirement living in a converted barn at Cove Bottom, outside Southwold, with his wife Peta.
Paul has always enjoyed sailing and is still a member of the W&OBYC Yacht Club at Oulton Broad. He has also been a member of the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht at Lowestoft for over 53 years, where he is currently the Vice Commodore (2020) and his Godfather is still the Patron. Paul’s other interests include SET Beccles School (founded by the Seckford Education Trust), where he is currently on the Schools Local Advisory Body (LAB), as well as shooting, skiing and sawing or chopping logs to feed his two woodburners.