Paul O'Brien is a retired Police Officer who on retirement to Cornwall was persuaded to stand for election to Launceston Town Council in 2007. He was successful and a year later was elected as the Town's Deputy Mayor to be followed a year later by the first of two successive years as Town Mayor. In this capacity he represented Launceston at CALC Larger Councils meetings and became interested in the Association's work.
In response to a recruiting drive by the Association he applied to join and was appointed to its Executive Committee in 2011 and became its Vice Chairman a few months later. He was elected as Chairman in 2015.