Paula started out her professional life working in Local and later Central Government. Headhunted as the first Director of the Rotherham Economic Partnership she spearheaded the redevelopment of Rotherham after the coal closure programme.
With over 20 years running her own Management Consultancy Practice she has used her expertise in the field of Economic Development as an advisor to the Department for Communities and Local Government on regeneration Strategies and most particularly Business Development. She has worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe advising Governments on areas such as Governance, Business Development and Employment Strategies.
Combining her passion for business and talent as an entrepreneur, Paula has started up and run a number of successful businesses. The latest is Women in Business Network Yorkshire where she brought WIBN to Yorkshire and now has 14 flourishing groups. She has developed a community of businesswomen meeting monthly to think about and develop their business, product or service. She said “it’s gratifying to set up a new group and see businesswomen immediately begin to work together. These businesses are a growing force and indeed are the Northern Powerhouse.”