Paul Drechsler (CBE)

President, CBI; Chairman, Teach First, 
Paul Drechsler, Chairman, Teach First

Paul is Chairman of Bibby Line Group, Chairman of Teach First, and has been President of the CBI since July 2015.

He was Chairman and Chief Executive of Wates Group Limited, winners of BITC's Company of the Year accolade in 2011 until 2013

Prior to joining Wates, Paul spent 24 years with ICI PLC, holding senior positions in the UK, Brazil and the USA. He was also a main Board Director of ICI PLC, Chairman of ICI Pension Trustees Ltd and was a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

He is also a member of and of the Advisory Board for Trinity College Dublin Business School and of the Advisory Council for the charity Step up to Serve.

In February 2015, Paul was honoured by HM The Queen with an Honorary CBE for services to the Construction Industry.