Excellent Companion Paul Charles Settle MBE
Born in 1951 and resident in the Wilmington and Dartford area until completion of secondary education at Dartford Grammar School.
Joined the City of London Police as a Cadet in 1968 and continued as a Constable in 1970 before moving to the London Fire Brigade in 1973. He served in many areas of Greater London where, in addition to his operational duties at all rank levels, he also undertook Fire Safety, Staff Officer and Project Planning roles. He attained normal retirement age in 2001 having attained the rank of Group Commander.
Adult education included courses at Southwark College, Fire Service College & University of East London.
Since ‘retirement’ Paul has undertaken and continued work as a Civil Marriage Registrar in Kent and a Fire Safety Consultant in the UK and abroad. He is the General Secretary (Voluntary) of The Firefighters Memorial Trust – a UK charity associated with the Fire & Rescue Service. He also sits on, and occasionally chairs, the Independent Appeals Panel for schools placement in Kent.
He married Wendy in 1973 and went on to have two sons and, so far, two granddaughters.
Hobbies and interests include working with, and attaining higher level responsibilities, with the Scout Association and The Royal Life Saving Society. He has also been actively involved with The Firefighters Charity, First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, National Fire Prevention Youth Quiz and numerous other small projects and activities in the community as well as being a Parish Councillor for a time.
Currently he continues to travel widely, both with his work and, together with his wife, for general interest. They have a small retreat in Normandy where they spend as much time as they can. Golf has also helped him to occupy his time in semi-retirement.
He was awarded Membership of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours list for “Public and Charitable Services”.
He was initiated into freemasonry in the Romney Marsh Lodge No 4743 in January 2000. He is a founder of the Braidwood Lodge No 9802 (West Kent) in 2005, a joining member of the East Kent Masters Lodge No 3931 and the Kent Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No 5866. He holds office in all four Lodges.
He was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 2014.
He was exalted in the Wakefield of Hythe Chapter No 6059 in 2003 and attained the chair of 1st Principal in 2014.
He was appointed Provincial Grand Almoner in 2016.
Paul is also a Mark and Royal Ark Mason.