Paul Jessop is founder and director of County Analytics Ltd, an independent consulting firm named for his 400 year old home and office in rural England – County Cottage.
County Analytics has a diverse range of clients in the media, entertainment and electronics industries, where it gives advice on strategy, market positioning, and the creation and exploitation of industry standards. Paul is known for facilitation and consensus building and has a tight drafting style widely exploited in specification writing.
After a career in engineering and strategy with British Telecom, Paul was for 13 years CTO at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and subsequently at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He continues his work as Executive Director of the US Registration Agency for the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) under contract to RIAA and represents the recording industry’s interests in ISRC and other identifiers at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Paul acts as Technology Adviser to the International DOI Foundation, which supervises the Digital Object Identifier, working closely with its Registration Agencies working in diverse fields and focusing on new applications and standardisation issues.
He works with the board of the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI-IA) focusing on bringing robust name identification to the entertainment industries.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a Member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He obtained a degree in Engineering and Computer Science at Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies at Oxford.
Paul enjoys travelling with his wife and two sons, who are all qualified scuba divers. Paul is a divemaster and has held an amateur radio licence since 1975. He is a US commercial pilot and flight instructor for gliders. In the UK he holds instructor ratings for gliders and motor-gliders and also flies light aircraft. He volunteers with the scouting movement teaching young people to fly and with the British Gliding Association on national political and lobbying activities.