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Paula Leach, chief people officer, The Home Office


Paula Leach is the chief people officer for The Home Office, a role which she undertook in April 2016 having joined in October 2014

Leach is a member of the ExCo and responsible for an HR function of over 300 professionals, supporting the people agenda for approximately 30,000 civil servants responsible for critically important areas across the security, policing and fire and borders and immigration systems.

She joined The Home Office after 18 years working across all HR disciplines at Ford Motor Company, including a three year assignment in the US. During this time Leach has worked with a diverse range of functional disciplines including operational manufacturing, product development, IT and marketing and sales.

Leach is FCIPD qualified and passionate about optimising inclusivity and the potential of individuals and teams. This professional experience and understanding is coupled with a keen commercial sense enhanced with a first class honours Business degree and an MBA. She has undertaken many professional development programmes including organisational design, change management and most recently the prestigious 'Top Flight' programme through The Pipeline.

She is mum to two daughters and volunteers regularly at the Royal Marsden Hospital Children's ward through her small creative charity Making Moments.