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Paula Leach, global chief people officer, FDM Group

Paula Leach is the global chief people officer for FDM Group, a role which she undertook in April 2019 having previously been chief people officer for The Home Office

Leach is a member of the executive committee and responsible for the people agenda across a fast-growth, global, FTSE 250 organisation in the tech sector. FDM Group recruits, trains and deploys thousands of consultants (graduates, returners and ex-military) by providing critical academy development and upskilling programmes and meeting the tech needs for major global clients.

Previously Leach was chief people officer at The Home Office, responsible for an HR function of more than 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 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.