With a passion for developing people and expertise in human capital management and growth, Paula Tully integrates academic theory with her own executive management experience in her work across the UK, Ireland, and Europe. Paula is committed to cultivating clear, focused leaders who build trust, compassion, and stability within their organizations. She has served for more than 25 years in numerous executive roles within the pharmaceutical industry. Her longest tenure was at Pfizer, where Paula served as European VP in Marketing, UK General Management, as well as VP of the UK and Central Europe. During her business career, Paula successfully led teams of as many as 500 colleagues and held P & L responsibility for a billion-dollar business. Paula is a business consultant and qualified mentor and coach for Escentia, Ltd. – a company created by Paula to help develop clear focused leaders and teams.
Paula expertly combines her passion for leadership development with her extensive business experience and she applies this expertise to each of her consulting and coaching roles. Her philosophy for success comes from a deep-rooted belief that leading a business, team or organization is not something that is done to people, rather, it is a two-way relationship that requires mutual understanding, consistent language, and action. She believes the critical ingredients for success are clarity, self-awareness, connection and sustainability. Paula fervently advocates that every topic and situation requires insight, action planning, and measurement. She consults, mentors and coaches individuals and groups, allowing time for pause and self-reflection. Her approach to counseling senior executives is pragmatic, business-grounded, and outcomes-oriented.
Her areas of professional focus are coaching for senior executives, leadership acceleration of highest-potential emerging leaders, executive team dynamics consultation, and colleague engagement and loyalty. Paula is also experienced at facilitating workshops to bring business clarity to working teams. She holds several accreditations in tools to build deeper individual and team understanding, which in turn enhances communication, influence, and effectiveness.
Paula earned a BSc in Pharmacology at Liverpool University and in 2016 earned a Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from Oxford University and HEC Business School. She is a fully qualified executive coach through the University of Wolverhampton, an accredited Resilience Practitioner, HeartMath Practitioner, as well as Herrmann Brain Practitioner. She lives in Surrey with her husband and teenage sons.
IFAPP Academy provides an online, continuing professional development course, Medical Affairs in Medicines Development, resulting in the Professional Certification, Certified Medicines Development (CMD).