Sir Paul Douglas Nicholson KCVO (born 7 March 1938) is an English industrialist and former Lord Lieutenant of County Durham. Sir Paul was born in County Durham and educated at Harrow School and Clare College, Cambridge. Between Harrow and Cambridge, he was commissioned during National Service in The Coldstream Guards.After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he joined Vaux Breweries in 1965 and, from 1976 until 1999, he was Chairman of the Vaux Group, one of the most successful companies in the North East of England.
In his youth he was a prominent amateur rider, twice winning the Liverpool Foxhunters Steeplechase in 1963 and 1965. Later he was President of the Coaching Club (1990–1997). In 1980 he was appointed High Sheriff of Durham and from 1997 was Lord Lieutenant. He has published an autobiography entitled “Brewer at Bay”. Sir Paul is married to Sarah Bacon, daughter of Sir Edmund Bacon, 13th and 14th Baronet of Bacon and the Premier Baronet of England. They have one daughter, Lucy (b. 1972). Already knighted, Sir Paul was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.