Wesley Paul

Wesley Paul - Chairman

Wesley Paul has had a long and distinguished career in the finance industry and has lived and worked in London, Hong Kong and New York and has travelled extensively during a career spanning nearly 40 years in the industry. He continues to be involved with venture capital and private equity funding and advises across a number of industries including aviation, defence technologies, clean technology and asset management.

He joined Morgan Guaranty of New York in London 1975 and held a variety of positions including bond and currency trading, research analyst, portfolio manager followed by a series of senior management roles including Global Head of Fixed Income & Debt, Global Head of Currency, Global Head of Research, Global Head of Emerging Markets culminating in his final role as Global Head of Investments where he oversaw all of the investment activities and personnel of J.P. Morgan based from New York where he oversaw over 2000 staff across 11 offices with US$500 Billion under management for institutional and high net worth private banking clients across the globe. He was made a Managing Director in 1989 and sat on J.P. Morgan’s Global Management Committee.

Wes has had a long interest in Arms & Armour having been a collector for many years and his is also very interested in the decorative arts in general.

Wes is Chairman / CEO of Firsthaven LLP and also sits on the Boards or Advisory Boards of Royal United Services Institute, Durham University Global Security Institute, Habour Capital, 46 Parallels, WAVE Trust and works with and advises a number of charities and startup companies.

Wesley Paul became Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Armouries in January 2012 and has been leading change to strengthen the Armouries’ standing as the UKs oldest National Museum.

Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk, a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin while smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.