Paul Tempest worked for 24 years in the Bank, spending over eight years on secondment – with the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, with the Diplomatic Service learning Arabic in the Middle East, as General Manager of the Qatar and Dubai Currency Board(in 1970-71) and for three years with Shell International and British Gas. He has been Chairman of the Bank’s alumni organisation, The Threadneedle Club, since its inception in 1985.
Paul Tempest is the author of two dozen books on subjects ranging from the Bank of England to envoys to the Arab world. He has been Chairman of The Threadneedle Club, the Bank of England’s alumni organisation, since 1985 and editor of its magazine Threadneedle. In 1972 he helped found the London River Commuters Association based in Greenwich. He is a keen yachtsman and sailed on the Thames below Greenwich each winter from 1992 to 2004, and from spring moorings on the Medway and at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Clubin Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex voyaged to waters beyond these English shores. He has been a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (1961-2006), and the Bank of England Sailing Club and the Athenaeum since 1981.