Paula is an experienced board director in both the private and public sectors. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Paula is a Non-Executive Board Member of Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc, The Crown Estate and Hyde Housing Association. Past appointments include: Chief Executive of National Regeneration Agency, English Partnerships, and Corporate Finance and Group Reporting Director at Marks and Spencer plc. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Skipton Building Society and The National Audit Office. In 1997/98 Paula chaired the Government’s Coalfields Taskforce and became a founding Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.