Although she is not Cornish, Paula spent her childhood in the county in the St Austell and Roseland area, and later came back to Cornwall in 1998 to live and work.
Paula joined the charity in May 2008 having previously worked in businesses as diverse as building surveying, accountancy, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy technologies. Her career background is founded in people, project and finance management, delivered through charitable organisations, NGO’s and European funded projects. Her work in leadership has included overseeing extensive change and organisation development at the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, where she works closely with the Board of Trustees on strategic leadership and development, and managing the senior leadership team.
Paula maintains strong connections with the fundraising community and, together with other members of the fundraising team, she regularly delivers talks about the work of Cornwall Air Ambulance to its supporters.
She is a member of the Institute of Directors, Institute of Fundraising, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
For the past three years Paula has been a Director of the national trade body for the air ambulance sector, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Air Ambulances.
In spare time she likes to travel, preferably on a cruise ship, and create her own knitted garments. Walking and cycling are two of her favourite activities as well as visiting National Trust properties. Paula is also a Rotarian, and is the Youth lead for Rotary District 1175 Devon and Cornwall. She has one daughter who lives and works in London, and a Siamese cat at home in Bodmin.