Paula studied at UNISA university and graduated with a B Commerce (Quantitative Management and Business Economics) degree. She furthered her studies at UNISA and completed her B Comm. (Accounting) degree in 1995 for NDP (non-degree purposes).
From 1996 to 2007 Paula filled the Role of Accountant for Companies in the Distribution/Retail as well as Manufacturing/Construction Industries. Paula was also self-employed for 2 years and was registered with CFA as an Accounting Officer, in Johannesburg, during this period. From 2008 to 2009 Paula was employed as ERP Business Analyst in the Manufacturing Sector. In 2010, after deciding to relocate to Cape Town, she worked as a Financial Consultant for an IT company, working mainly with MS Dynamics NAV before joining BAN in February 2013.