Steve Nash joins Ben

Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has announced the appointment of Steve Nash as chair of its board of trustees.

Steve has served on Ben’s board since September 2014 and takes over as chair from Robin Woolcock who has held the position for four years. Robin remains a trustee, chairing the board committee that oversees Ben’s health and wellbeing work.

As current CEO of the IMI, Steve brings a wealth of experience in the motor industry to his new role.

Zara Ross, chief executive at Ben, said, ‘We are delighted that Steve has taken up the role as Ben’s Chair. Steve is renowned for his strategic leadership, experience and depth of knowledge of the automotive industry, which will be invaluable as the sector embarks on a period of significant change. Steve will play a significant role in helping Ben progress to the next level of its transformation.”

Ben also welcomes three new members to its board of trustees: Sharon Ashcroft – HR director, TrustFord, Chris Thomas – finance director, Retail Motor Industry Federation, Mark Outhwaite BSc, MBA, Chartered MCIPD, MBCS – director, Outhentics Consulting, and Sarah Bayliss – head of HR, Thatcham Research

Zara said, ‘We would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to Robin Woolcock who has been our dedicated Chair for four years now, and long-standing Board member before that. Robin has played an integral part in Ben’s transformation up until now and he continues to be a loyal and committed support to the organisation. On behalf of all at Ben, I would like to thank Robin for his significant contribution as Chair and we look forward to continuing working with him as trustee.

‘We would also like to give a warm welcome to our new board members. Each of them brings considerable knowledge and experience in their respective fields and we very much look forward to working with them. As our new board members join, we would like to thank Tim Holmes and Lesley Upham for their important contribution to Ben’s board over many years.

‘With strong leadership in place, we believe Ben is in an excellent position to meet its ambitious strategic goals and continue to fulfil its purpose of providing support for life to the people of the automotive industry.’