Pauline graduated from Sheffield University with an English degree, and later gained an MA through the University of Leicester.
She was a teacher and manager in further education colleges for over 30 years, specialising in English, which she taught at all levels and teacher education. Management roles included initiating improvements in teaching and learning.
Following this, she joined the Adult Learning Inspectorate and then Ofsted, where she was an HMI for several years.
Currently she still works for Ofsted on a part-time basis, as well as being closely involved in her local community, including being a governor at her local primary school.
Pauline is Vice Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and is a link governor for Quality and also English and Maths.