Paul Chambers (industrialist)

Sir Stanley Paul Chambers KBE CB CIE (1904–1981) was a British civil servant and industrialist and Chairman of ICI.

He was born in London and educated at the City of London School before going up to study economics at the London School of Economics.

After graduating he entered the Inland Revenue and in 1934 was appointed Income Tax Advisor to the Government of India. He returned to the UK in 1940 to be Director of Statistics and Intelligence in the Inland Revenue. He was then appointed Secretary and a Commissioner of the Board. One of his major tasks during the war was to devise the new PAYE (Pay as You Earn) employee taxation system in use in the UK today. After the war he served on the Control Commission for Germany for two and a half years.[1]

In 1948 he succeeded Sir William Coates as Financial Director of Imperial Chemical Industries (now ICI), one of Britain's largest companies. He became Deputy Chairman in 1952 and was Chairman from 1960 to 1968, the first non-scientist to hold the post. He moved from there to be Chairman of Royal Insurance.[2]

He was President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1964 to 1965.[3] The society's Chambers Medal, awarded every three years, is named after him.[4]

He was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Kent from 1971 to 1977.

He married twice and had two children and a stepchild.


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