Dr Paul Beatty BSc, MSc, MA, PhD, CEng FIPEM
Paul Beatty has had a varied and interesting life.
A research scientist and engineer in the Health Service and latterly at the University of Manchester, he is a specialist in patient safety and medical instrumentation with over a hundred research papers and presentations to his name.
He retired two years ago from the University of Manchester to become a full time novelist. His first novel, Heron Fleet, was published in July 2013 and he is currently engaged on a series of Victorian whodunits set around Stockport in the 1840s.
He has been involved in national and local party politics for 25 years. He ran for parliament twice (1987 and 1992). He served on national policy making committees for the Liberal Democrats in Health, Defence and Foreign Policy, and Genetic Engineering, which he chaired.
He has also been a Stockport Councillor. He helped write the current constitution of the Liberal Democrats, was a member of the Conference Committee of the Liberal Democrats, and has chaired the Liberal Democrat Conference.
In single issue politics he was a founder of the British Nuclear Freeze Campaign in the 1980s and has worked with groups in the USA involved in green politics.
He is a very experienced public speaker, from small groups to audiences up to 2,000.
He has been a key-note speaker at international scientific conferences both in the UK and abroad.
He currently leads an open discussion group called Seekers' Corner in Costa Coffee in his home town of Marple, Cheshire.