Paul Venning

Paul Venning has an impressive track record and wealth of experience in executive search and human resources consultancy. His primary focus has been on recruitment, retention, organisational design, benchmarking and development of key talent. Key sectors include not for profit, consumer financial services, payments, e-commerce and professional services.

He has extensive experience across different cultures and industries in both the private and public sector from blue chips through to start ups and small medium organisations. Over the last seven years Paul has increased his active involvement with SME charities and not for profit organisations.

Paul is passionate about enabling individuals and organisations realise their strengths and ambitions, and believes most hold the key to their success already – “it’s just that they need the right relevant support to use existing and/or new resources and identify the most effective pathway to make it happen and make a difference!”

MIoD (Institute of Directors) – fully accredited, Parish Councillor, Trustee – Action with Communities in Rural Kent. Paul holds an MBA from London Business School.

Key skills & experience

  • Marketing & Business Strategy; planning through to tactical implementation
  • HR: Key staff recruitment, mentoring and succession planning
  • Team effectiveness & dynamics
  • Financial planning & income development
  • Cyber Threat Risk awareness & mitigation
  • Problem solving, out of the box new ideas generator – tech savvy!
  • Feasibility planning & options appraisals
  • Trusted advisor, sounding board and confidante


Recent projects

  • Options Appraisal – major charitable trust in the leisure sector faced with refurb or new build decision and looking to engage key partnerships in health and well-being, adult social care, community services (Big Potential)
  • Turnaround and Strategic Planning for charity focussing on low risk offender training and ex offender employment readiness (Lloyds Bank Foundation)
  • Trustee – Action with Communities in Rural Kent – Chair of Marketing & Development Group – projects include Loneliness and Exclusion, alternative membership, alternative income streams, social enterprise, social media & website redevelopment, GDPR readiness, cyber threat staff awareness training
Bowel Research UK“Following the merger of Bowel & Cancer Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation we needed to appoint a Chief Executive to the new organisation. There was a great deal of complexity within our organisations with which Eastside Primetimers were always helpful and patient. They came up with an excellent list of potential candidates from which we eventually appointed one. We are tremendously grateful to them” Paul Reynolds, Chair
NOAH Enterprise“Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Paul Venning helped us to appoint two staff to our senior management team. Paul took the time to thoroughly understand our organisation, and also got to know each candidate well. EP’s consultant Julia Perry then carried out psychometric testing for shortlisted candidates for two senior roles. Having these detailed reports challenged the panel’s gut instincts about candidates, which made the process more inclusive, and gave us a deep understanding of each person. I would thoroughly recommend this service to any organisation wishing to gain deeper insight into individuals or groups of people” David Morris, Chief Executive Officer
Malvern Special Families (MSF)“Following a period of successful growth, MSF were faced with the challenge of replacing a highly experienced, long-standing CEO who relocated away from Malvern for family reasons. We asked Eastside Primetimers to take on a difficult recruitment brief to find a first class leader with strong strategic, operational and financial management experience, experience of working with children and families and/or people with disabilities, and a proven track record in fundraising. Not only did their specialist consultant Paul Venning find a great and varied shortlist, he also worked closely with two of our Trustees every step of the way, including accompanying them at shortlist candidates interviews in Malvern and onboarding the successful Chief Executive candidate” Gareth Jones, CEO
SCoPEd“I was very impressed with the professionalism, responsiveness and focus of Eastside Primetimers generally and specifically the consultant leading the search. They had a very deep understanding view of the brief, were very responsive in dealing with questions about the process and the informal and formal interviews were friendly while being searching and thorough” Paul Buckley, Independent Chair
Gambling with Lives“Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Paul Venning helped Gambling with Lives to find and appoint a Head of External Affairs to our senior management team. They made sure they thoroughly understood our challenges, our strategic direction and the nuances of this role, and then produced a high-quality shortlist of candidates which allowed us to appoint an exceptional candidate who is the perfect fit for the charity and the role. I would thoroughly recommend Eastside Primetimers’ recruitment service to any organisation wishing to hire great candidates with the right skills and relevant experience” Will Prochaska, CEO

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