Paul is currently best known for presenting Money Box on BBC Radio 4 which he has done, as he puts it, “all century”. He also appears on radio and television programmes including Breakfast on BBC One. Over the years he has written about money and personal finance for dozens of publications. His current regular columns include Saga Magazine, Radio Times, Financial Times, and Money Marketing.
He is a very active tweeter @paullewismoney with more than 100,000 followers. This year he came top in the 2017 @economia50 most influential financial tweeters organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.
He has won many awards since 1986. Most recently he was Headline Money Financial Broadcaster of the Year 2017 and voted Consumer Champion 2017 by the Chartered Insurance Institute. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex for his journalism defending the interests of consumers over many years.
Outside the world of money, he is an authority on the life and work of Victorian writer Wilkie Collins and edits his letters. He is secretary of the Wilkie Collins Society which, among other things, publishes forgotten works by Collins.
I loved my time at Stirling. I was a founder of the Drama Society, performing in plays including Huis Clos and Luther. I regularly follow the advice of the Principal, Tom Cottrell, who told us that the key to learning was not just reading books, it was finding the relevant part of the book and reading that carefully. While I was there the Campus grew from one building in 1967 to a busy arts centre and residential area, incorporating the wonderful Aithrey Castle into its daily life.
BA Psychology, 1971
MA (Research), 1972