Paula Vennells, the former CEO of the Post Office, has returned her CBE following a public campaign to remove it over the Horizon scandal. She said in a statement:
“I am, however, aware of the calls from sub-postmasters and others to return my CBE. I have listened and I confirm that I return my CBE with immediate effect. I am truly sorry for the devastation caused to the subpostmasters and their families, whose lives were torn apart by being wrongly accused and wrongly prosecuted as a result of the Horizon system.”
Vennells led the Post Office during the period when the organisation denied that there were issues with the Horizon computing system which led to tens of individuals being made bankrupt, being sent to prison and losing their families. A petition for her CBE to be removed had already been signed by over one million people.