Paul Warburton c.1965 Head boy
THE new head of the Australian arm of steel giants Corus is an executive born in Higham Ferrers 53 years ago.
Paul Warburton joined British Steel
in Teesside straight from university and has been with the firm ever since.
He spent 16 years in the Far East – based first in Singapore, then Hong Kong – before taking up his new post in Melbourne.
He said: "People back home don't realise how big Corus is in the Far East. Look at any major building project and it's virtually certain Corus steel is being used in the construction."
The Dutch-owned firm has been involved in some of the biggest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in China and other countries in the Far East. These have included railways and roads, airports in Hong Kong and Japan and some of the tallest buildings in the world.
Paul became head boy at Wellingborough Grammar School before going on to study at London University, where he gained a degree in economics. Paul said: "Because I come from Northamptonshire and have always worked for Corus and before that British Steel, people assume I began my career in Corby. "But I have never worked in the Corby plant, although I have visited it on many occasions." Paul still returns to the UK once a year, when he tours the Corus plants in Corby, Wales, Teesside and Scotland.
Evening Telegraph 29 July 2003