Former Post Office CEO Paula Vennells quits boards of Morrisons and Dunelm

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Former Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells (pictured) who was in charge during its appalling treatment of sub-postmasters has resigned her non-executive directorships of Morrisons and Dunelm. This was following the highly publicised case in the Court of Appeal which overturned thirty-nine convictions for theft, fraud and false accounting. The Court found that errors were caused by the Post Office’s bug-ridden Horizon accounting system, a fact vehemently denied at the time by the Post Office. The result was that a significant number of innocent individuals saw their reputations destroyed, lost their homes and suffered stress induced ill-health as a direct result of being forced to ‘repay’ monies they had never appropriated. Some were sentenced to serve prison terms, others faced bankruptcy and family breakdowns – whilst Post Office directors seemingly denied that the problems were caused by their own ineptitude.

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