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Paul Symington

Paul Symington was born in Oporto, Portugal in 1953. He has dual nationality, holding Portuguese and British citizenship. Educated at the Oporto British School and then at the Oratory School in Berkshire, England, he studied French at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland before obtaining a BA in Business Studies at Central London Polytechnic. Paul was Vice President of the Conselho Geral of the Universidade do Porto and Coordenador of the Comissão de Governação UP from 2013 – 2017. From 2003 to 2018 Paul was Chairman of Symington Family Estates. Paul’s father and grandfather also attended OBS, as did his four children.

Paul’s current responsibilities: Chairman of John E. Fells & Sons, Curador (Trustee) of the University of Porto; Chairman of Primum Familiae Vini and Honorary Chairman of the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust.

Paul has received the following awards Ordem de Mérito Português – 2015; Doutor Honoris Causa Universidade de Vila Real UTAD – 2019; Lifetime Achievement Award – Institute of Masters of Wine – 2019; Personalidade do Ano – Prémio Nacional de Agricultura - Ministro de Agricultura – 2018; Troféu Anual - Senhor do Vinho – Grandes Escolhas – 2018; Prémio de Homenagem - Revista de Vinhos – 2018; Decanter Man of the Year – 2012.  the school.