BEN announces changes to its board

New trustees and President for automotive charity

Published:  29 September, 2014

Automotive charity BEN has announced a number of appointments to its board, including Robin Woolcock as President.

Robin takes over in the role from Joe Greenwell, who is standing down after six years. He has sat on the charity's board since 2005 and helped shape the future direction of its care provision as a member of the Lynwood Village Development committee.  Woolcock brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the automotive industry, having held a number of senior roles including that of Managing Director of VW Group in the UK from 2000-2011.  He then became a Special Advisor to Volkswagen AG in Germany.

In addition, BEN has appointed a number of new trustees including:-

Commenting on the appointment of his successor Greenwell stated: "The role of BEN is unique within the automotive industry and in Robin I am absolutely certain it has a President who fully appreciates the importance of his new role and more significantly, the importance of BEN to the entire automotive community.

"BEN has faced and overcome some tremendous challenges during my time as President.  I am leaving in the sure knowledge that BEN's future is not only more secure but, equally, more exciting than at any time in the past."

Other changes at the charity include the retirement as a Trustee of Christopher Macgowan OBE. Christopher has served as a Trustee for some 17 years, is a past President of BEN, and during his tenure has also served as an interim Chief Executive.

BEN Chief Executive, David Main said: "The appointment of Robin, a Trustee with 9 years' experience of BEN, provides valuable continuity. Having worked alongside Robin for the last five years I am confident that through his determination and commitment we will continue to drive forward our shared strategic vision for BEN.

Finally I would to say that it has been a pleasure to work alongside Joe; his commitment and knowledge have been invaluable to BEN.  He has guided us through a very tough period; we are indebted to him and wish him well in the future."

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