CWU backs call to review ex-Post Office boss Vennells’s NHS post

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey today spoke out strongly in support of efforts to review former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells’s position at one of the UK’s largest NHS Trusts.

The appointment of Ms Vennells as chair of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was made last year, soon after she left the Post Office, and was a highly controversial decision at the time.

Her departure from the CEO role came in the middle of the high-profile judgements against the company on behalf of over 500 postmaster victims who had been prosecuted, lost their livelihoods, fined – and in some cases even jailed – due to faults in the Horizon computer accounting system and the over-zealous actions of Post Office managers.

£58 million in compensation settlement has been secured, however the fight for full justice continues, with a less than adequate, albeit retired judge-led inquiry having been ordered by the Government into what has been widely described as “the worst miscarriage of justice for many years.”

But, despite Ms Vennells having been the Post Office’s most senior national figure during the height of the persecutions against Postmasters, she faced no sanction or action for her role in the Horizon scandal and was awarded a CBE and the lucrative chair’s post at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.