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Paul Gorman

Hidden Giants
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Hidden Giants is led by its Creative Producer Paul Gorman. Paul has over 15 years of experience of working in the cultural sector as a freelance artist, lecturer, project manager, adventurer and creative director. His passion is to instigate innovative.

60-Second Interview

Please give your name and then say who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
It's an obvious one but for a boy obsessed with Star Wars it would have to be Han Solo: the maverick, the risk taker and the captain.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I'm not sure it was an attraction and more an necessity. I realised I struggled to work within the confines of a system that I couldn't lead with full autonomy. That frustration lead me to set up my own company.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
It would have to be my paper round. It was £11 per week which was 7 morning and 5 afternoon deliveries. Looking back I was being robbed but the work ethic nurtured on those cold winter mornings will never be forgotten.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
Working in collaboration with the public sector in a time of mass austerity and budget cuts. People are forced to demand more for less and that can be extremely challenging to manage as a business.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
Two very separate elements. Firstly, and most importantly, my family. They are my roots. Secondly it is those people I am yet to meet on my journey - those who will provide an internal source of inspiration.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Usually my step-son or my daughter screaming for breakfast. Then it's the feeling of being able to influence change over the course of the day. Knowing you can make a difference is an incredibly powerful feeling - even at 5.30am!!!!
How do you define success?
I like walking into a school and the children and staff remembered the last time I was there. Success for me is therefore creating learning experiences that are long lasting in the minds of people I collaborate. Seeing someone think or act differently after one of my projects is incredibly powerful.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
I want to see the education system changing and adapting to the exciting developments within our society and world. I want Hidden Giants to be engaged in that change process. I would like to think we would have progressed the understanding of creativity within schools to raise aspirations within the sector.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
I have no regrets and would not change anything about my life. I would ask my teenage self for a piece of advise as his mind was probably freer than mine is now. I would then give him a crate of beer but tell him not to tell his parents where he got it.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
There is an educationalist called Sugata Mitra. He asks really complex questions about education but in a simple and experimental way. I would like to engage more with his mind.