A USA-qualified chartered accountant, Paul Venables started his career at Deloitte & Touche, where he was a senior manager in its USA 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, and was 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. Venables was also senior independent nonexecutive director of Wincanton plc. until July 2015.