Pamella is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). She was a founder member of the BBC Training Orchestra before joining the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, holding the position of Principal Percussionist for 30 years.

Pamella has been a member of the teaching staff of the Royal Conservatoire for many years, and currently teaches in the Junior Conservatoire.

Pamella has also been part of setting up a Pre-Junior course at the Royal Conservatoire for pupils aged 711 years. In addition to her teaching role at the Royal Conservatoire, Pamella also teaches on the Performers BMus degree course at the University of Glasgow.

Pamella has a wealth of experience coaching percussion with youth orchestras and regularly adjudicates at music festivals throughout Scotland.