Paul Venables is group finance director of Hays plc. As a USA-qualified chartered accountant, he started his career as a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche’s US practice. This was followed by a 13-year career at Exel plc, where he held a number of senior finance and operational roles, including deputy group finance director; he was also a member of the executive board of Exel plc and chairman of its acquisitions and project review board. Following the acquisition of Exel plc by Deutsche Post, Venables worked in its DHL Logistics division before joining Hays plc. Until July 2015, Venables was senior independent nonexecutive director of Wincanton plc.