Pauline was born in Kirkcaldy and educated at Kirkcaldy High School before studying Mathematics and Statistics at Edinburgh University.
Pauline joined Mercer in 1994 - carrying out plan valuations and integrations - where she completed her actuarial exams to become a fellow of The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2001. Pauline then decided to take a few years out to support her young family, becoming an actuarial examination tutor focusing on the Communications exams.
In 2005, Pauline joined Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (now part of Aberdeen Standard Investments) working within the fixed-income team, with a specific interest in supporting pension fund clients. After three years at SWIP, Pauline spent another four years at Baillie Gifford in a similar role: supporting pension plans diversifying their asset allocations and moving into funds that better match their pension liabilities. One of the projects that Pauline carried out, while at Baillie Gifford, was an asset-liability study to highlight the benefits to the Kirk of diversifying the asset allocation, and moving growth assets into better matching bonds.
Following this, Pauline worked in-house at a large corporate pension plan, implementing risk-reducing strategies to secure funding and benefits for members. Pauline is now seeking to build a portfolio of pension Trustee clients, focusing on charity pro-bono work.
Married to Dave (whose father Rev Peter Gordon nominated Pauline) they have three daughters. Pauline was an office-bearer at Holy Corner playgroup, while her daughters attended, and regularly attended the family service at Mayfield and Salisbury Church with the family. Pauline is a regular supporter of charity fundraising events in Edinburgh.