Paul Ashley was President of the Union 1983-85 and has subsequently enjoyed a long career in business, principally as a consultant helping all sizes of organisations to improve their effectiveness. This involved activities like developing tomorrow’s leaders and redesigning organisations so that they are better able to achieve their goals. He also enjoyed developing teams and continues to be something of a ‘troubleshooter’ who’s called in to resolve conflict in the workplace. This culminated in leading the UK private sector operations of Hay Group, the world’s largest consultancy specialising in people, leadership and organisations. The skills that Paul brings to the Board include strategy development, organisation effectiveness, engagement and communications, effective campaigning and individual/team development, together with all aspects of HR. He retains a high level of commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the Union and a passion for learning and development. After leaving Bangor to travel the world with his career, Paul now lives on a smallholding near Llanrwst, with sheep, chickens and cats – he feels strongly-bordering-on-militant about organic farming and animal welfare.Paul also volunteers with Cynnig, a North Wales charity devoted to providing development and leisure activities for adults with learning difficulties. One of his fondest memories of his time as President was leading a rent strike that won a Halls rent reduction in just 6 weeks…