Paul Horrell

Human Resource professional, archaeologist, and online gamer...

I decided to create this site to share my passion for two topics and to get myself back in the habit writing.


My earliest interests while studying at high school (secondary) was the sciences and I was really interested in physics, chemistry and biology, however, as I got to the end of my studies I began to discover a passion for ancient (and prehistoric) cultures and civilizations.


So, off I went to study (BA Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology at Liverpool University. As I progressed through the curriculum and got add elective modules in my second and third years I became more fascinated in human thought and behaviour and how this could be understood through both the material and philological records. My dissertation examined the proto literate religious iconography of Iraq (the Halaf, Ubaid and Uruk periods).

Upon completion of my undergraduate studies I was fixed on a course to complete a PhD examining how we can apply contemporary approaches of the study of religion to the archaeological record. I enrolled in a PhD course at Bath Spa University College that involved also participating in the Study of Contemporary Religions MA. When I find time I will post sections of the thesis I wrote but never completed.

Life as always throws up challenges and opportunities that may not follow "the plan". In 2006, before completing my PhD I decided to move to France and take the opportunity to work for the computer game company Blizzard Entertainment. My original plan was to work for 6 months in Paris but on my 2nd week I met my now wife, and 6 months became over a decade. The arrival of children in 2011 and 2014 also influenced remaining in France but it also increased my interest in psychology. Especially developmental psychology.

In 2009 i had the opportunity to mix my love for Blizzard, management science and learning by creating the Learning & Development team in Europe within the Customer Service department. It was at this point I abandoned my PhD and instead started a MBA. I focused my MBA in Human Resources and specifically Organisational Learning.

In 2015 I joined the HR function to Lead the Learning & Organisational Development function for EMEA.

2017 rolls around and I have decided to complete an MS. in Applied Psychology with Robert Gordon University. Hit the present and I begin blogging...

In 2018 I will leave learning and organisational development and focus on HR for our Publishing and Digital Marketing & Media...