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Paul Mendes da Costa is a retired accountant who was born in Richmond, London in 1958.
Paul’s 28-year career in local government began in 1981 at the London Borough of Lambeth. He moved from Lambeth to the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames where he worked as an auditor. Paul’s next move was to the City of Westminster where he was part of a team that successfully promoted the case for an enhanced population indicator to take account of day-time-visitors to the Borough. This was subsequently used in the Government’s resource allocation calculations. He then accepted a position at the London Borough of Newham where he qualified as a CIPFA accountant. Following qualification, Paul joined Waverley Borough Council (Surrey) where he started specialising in housing finance and was part of a team that helped create and promote the Town and Country Finance Issues Group. The group lobbied Government for a fairer slice of resources for under-resourced district councils. He moved onto Chiltern District Council (Buckinghamshire) as their Head of Financial Services. Paul’s last local authority was the London Borough of Hackney. As Head of Housing Finance he is proud to have been part of a team that helped Hackney’s housing service move from a ‘basket case’ classification to the position where it was accepted onto the Government’s Arms Length Management programme.
Paul now runs a small property and investment business from home. His hobbies include playing the violin, reading and keeping fit.