Paula Vennells

Independent Non-Executive Director



Key strengths

A former CEO, with experience of leading retail and consumer businesses, with strengths in business transformation, brands, supply chain and online. Longstanding plc experience and shareholder understanding.

Dunelm role

As a Non-Executive Director, provides strategic advice, monitors management performance and oversees risk management. Regularly visits the Dunelm website, stores and non-store sites to meet store colleagues and members of the senior management team. Attends investor presentations and shareholder meetings.

Joined Dunelm Board

September 2019

Previous experience

CEO of the Post Office (2012 to 2019) (Sales & Network Director 2007 to 2010, COO then MD from 2010 to 2012). Commercial Director of Whitbread plc (2004 to 2006) (Strategy and Marketing Director, Restaurants 2001 to 2004). Marketing & eCommerce Director of Argos (1998 to 2001). Early career roles at Unilever, L’Oreal, Dixons and Sears.

Other commitments

Chair of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Non-Executive Director of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc.