After graduating with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry, Paula was a research scientist, firstly with ICI, then DuPont following a company buy-out. She was in the polyester intermediates field specialising in Pure Terephthalic Acid. In 2002, she decided to embark on her teaching career, where she loves the mental stimulation that is needed for the role and which enables her to help others gain the knowledge they need to aid them on their career journey. She taught all specialties of Science and Maths in the Northeast of England for many years before moving to teach internationally. Prior to joining Dulwich College Beijing, Paula worked in Azerbaijan, followed by Shanghai for six years. She really loves working and living in China.