Paula Leach


Paula Leach is the Chief People Officer for the Home Office and is responsible for enabling all people-based activity in the organisation, both operational and strategic. Paula has overall responsibility for all our Employee and Health & Safety Policies, reward, recruitment, Learning & Skills and our People Capability Strategy linked to the Home Office Transformation agenda.

Paula took on the role of Chief People Officer in April 2016 and leads a professional HR function of HR Directors and Business Partners working alongside each operational command, policy teams and the Capabilities and Resources Group. In addition the HR function operates a shared service model for employee and line manager transactions and casework and centres of expertise model for in depth professional insight and leadership of specific areas such as learning, recruitment, talent and reward.

Paula spent the first 18 years of her career as an HR professional in Ford Motor Company where she worked across many functions and disciplines including 3 years living and working in the USA. Paula joined the Home Office HR team in October 2014 as HR Director for Leadership, People Strategy and Change, Learning & Skills.

Paula is married and lives in north Kent with her 2 daughters and golden retriever dog.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief People Officer