Vel has spent nearly 20 years as a civil servant working on international policy. He is currently the Director of Finance and Delivery at the Department for International Development. He has also worked at the Foreign Office, Cabinet Office and Treasury including various roles overseas, most recently in Tanzania. Vel has extensive experience of strategic finance, grant making and programme delivery. 

Vel has degrees in Economics and International Relations. He is also a Chartered Global Mangement Accountant. He lives in Glasgow, with his wife and two young sons, and is passionate about early childhood development.