Paul Beaver is a consultant, commentator, historian and advisor who specialises in aviation, defence and national security matters. His business interests including the political and policy advisor, Beaver Westminster Ltd and Atlantic Air Operations Ltd where Paul is closely involved in the Icelandic and Norwegian programmes as an advisor to industry and government.
Geographically, he specialises in the Polar Regions, the High North and Arab Gulf.
Paul has advised the House of Commons Defence Committee since 2003 and prior to consultancy wrote and broadcast widely on defence and security matters. He has written several thousand articles, authored or edited 47 books. For 15 years, he was directly linked to Jane’s where his staff posts included Managing Editor of Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft and Jane’s Fighting Ships; publisher of the Yearbook titles, before taking over Jane’s Defence Weekly. He also wrote books on the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm.
Paul serves on the ADS Group Small Companies Committee, with whom he helps champion SMEs in Parliament and he was a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s External Affairs Board.
Paul has been a visiting lecturer at Royal College of Defence Studies and the former Royal Naval College, Greenwich, to the Higher Command & Staff Course and served as the external advisor to the Royal Commission for the Defence of Denmark. He is a member of the Norsk-British High North Mission which aims to raise awareness of the new frontier resulting from climate change and to argue for wide area surveillance to protect energy sources and the right of free passage.
In April 2013, he retired after nearly 30 years Army Reserves service. His last post was as Colonel (TA) Army Air Corps and acted as Senior Reservist in the UK Joint Helicopter Command;, a former pilot for the Army Historic Aircraft Flight and now Chairman of the Army Flying Association. His company, Monty’s Messenger owns and displays a vintage aeroplane, but the family usually flies a more sedate Cessna 172. He has flown helicopters, balloons, seaplanes and land-based aeroplanes in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Arabian Gulf, Germany, Italy, Norway, Northern Ireland and Hong Kong, including on operational tours.
Paul is married to Cate, also a pilot, and their son, Jack, attends school in Salisbury where, to his father’s delight, he plays the saxophone, rugby, schemes WarHammer and makes Airfix models.