Sir Paul is New Zealand born and bred. He is married with four children, three sons and one daughter.
He graduated in dentistry in New Zealand and took a year’s postgraduate course at the Eastman Dental Hospital. He first practised in the East End of London before moving to the West End.
Sir Paul Beresford's Experience
Goaded into politics in reaction to the left-wing activities and expensive mismanagement of the 1974-78 Labour Wandsworth Council, Sir Paul joined the Putney Conservatives and was elected to Wandsworth Council in 1978.
He has held a wide variety of positions as a councillor:
Vice-Chairman, Social Services Committee
Chairman, Public Accountability Sub-Committee
Chairman, Housing Committee
Chairman, Policy and Finance Committee
Chairman, Education Committee
Leader of the Council - January 1983-May 1992
Sir Paul was elected Member of Parliament for Croydon Central April 1992. He was knighted in January 1990 for his contribution to inner city rehabilitation.
He was a Minister in Department of the Environment from 1994 - May 1997. He has been Member of Parliament for Mole Valley since May 1997.