Dr Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE was born in Chennai in India, in 1942 and moved to the UK in 1964 becoming a British Citizen in 1984. He has a Masters Degree from Aston University and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
He joined IMI plc in 1968 and retired as Assistant Managing Director of IMI Titanium in 1996, one of IMI plc largest companies. He became the Chief Executive of North Birmingham Community NHS Trust, serving until 2000. He has also served on numerous Health Sector Boards, Chairing the Finance committee of two of them. He was Chairman of Birmingham East and North NHS Primary Care Trust for 8 years. He was a Governor of The Royal Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a former Trustee of the world famous Bournville Village Trust.
He was awarded the OBE for services to urban regeneration in 1995. In 2004 he was awarded a CBE for services to business and education in the West Midlands. He was awarded the prestigious Lunar Society Medal for his outstanding contribution to public life.
He has received Honorary Doctorates from Aston University and Birmingham City University where he was the first ever non-white Chairman of a British University and the University of Birmingham.
Paul was appointed as the first non-white Lord- Lieutenant in 2007 and held this post until September 2015.In October 2017 in recognition of his outstanding services as Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands Her Majesty the Queen bestowed her personal recognition by bestowing on him the prestigious and rare Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. Importantly, he is a passionate Brummie and a passionate supporter of the Commonwealth and the BCA.