Joined EMI: April 2015
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Professional Training & Experience
- Chartered Accountancy Firm (1983-1995)
- MAF UK (1995-1998)
- MAF Uganda (1998-2006)
- MAF Mongolia (2006 in the UK, 2007-2010 in Mongolia)
- MAF Tanzania (2010-2014)
- EMI UK (2015-present)
Paul joined a Chartered Accountants firm after leaving school in 1983, where he studied accountancy. He completed his exams and became an Accounting Technician. He is still a fellow member of the association.
In 1995, Paul left the accountancy firm to join Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) UK in the UK office where he worked until 1998. He felt called to serve with MAF overseas, so in September 1998, he moved to Uganda to take up the position of Finance Manager. As well as FM, Paul also had a number of periods (up to 8 months) where he stood in as acting Programme Manager. From Uganda, the Brooks spent almost a year back in the UK whilst Paul took over as Programme Manager and Finance Manager for MAF Mongolia, travelling in and out. The Brooks moved to Mongolia and served with MAF until 2010, then later moved to Tanzania, serving as the MAF Tanzania Finance Manager until 2014.
Paul first came into contact with EMI during his time with MAF Uganda. One of his MAF Programme Managers in Uganda was Mike Woods, a pilot and chartered architect, who later started the first EMI UK office. When Mike knew Paul was returning to the UK in 2014, he asked if Paul would be willing to take over the finance work for EMI UK. First, Edith joined EMI staff supporting the current UK Finance Director in 2014 and continued assisting with bookkeeping and admin until the end of 2019. Edith now works in maternity day care for the local NHS hospital. Paul took over as UK Finance Director in 2015, whilst continuing to support MAF on trips and projects and working part-time at the local Sainsbury's supermarket in the UK.
While serving with MAF in Uganda (1998-2006), Paul married Edith and their son, John-Luke, was born. The Brooks returned to the UK (2006), where their daughter, Gabriella, was born, then moved with MAF to Mongolia (2007-2010) and Tanzania (2010-2014). In 2014, the Brooks returned to the UK, where Edith joined EMI in 2014 and Paul joined as the EMI UK Finance Director in 2015.