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New appointments at Ben

Steve Nash
Steve Nash

Ben, an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry including the vehicle dismantling industry, providing support for life for its people and their family dependents, has announced the appointment of Rachel Clift as Health & Wellbeing Director. Rachel will lead Ben’s health and wellbeing services for the automotive industry, bringing with her over 18 years of experience in the field.

 Zara Ross, Chief Executive at Ben, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Rachel to our executive team at Ben and she brings a depth of knowledge and a wealth of experience to the organisation. Rachel’s strong background in developing and delivering health and wellbeing programmes will stand her in good stead for this integral role at Ben. Rachel’s experience in creating programmes for employees, as well as corporate workplace propositions for employers, will help us take our health & wellbeing services to the next level.

 “It was extremely important for us to appoint an individual with a strong background in health and wellbeing, but also someone with the right approach to leadership. Rachel has the energy and integrity to lead our health & wellbeing team, with a proven track record of not only managing, but also motivating and inspiring those she works with. We believe that Rachel is the right person to further develop our health and wellbeing offering to the industry.”

 Rachel said: “I’m delighted to have started my new role of Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben and I’m really impressed by the motivation and commitment that my new colleagues have demonstrated. I am passionate about people, and believe that people are the industry’s greatest asset, and therefore empowering people to better manage their health & wellbeing is very powerful. I also believe it’s key to work closely with businesses in the industry to help them support their employees with their health and wellbeing.

 “I will lead by example, work collaboratively with energy, inspire others and I will demonstrate courage and conviction. I look forward to providing the leadership and vision to help shape and further develop Ben’s health and wellbeing services. I’m committed to playing my part in Ben’s future by helping continue the charity’s success in supporting the people who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry with their health and wellbeing.”

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Also Ben appoints Steve Nash as Chair of its Board of Trustees and four further appointments.

 Steve Nash 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, who was formerly Managing Director of Volkswagen Group (UK) Ltd, has been a long-standing Board member for Ben. He 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 as Chair.

 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. Within this position she will help influence the delivery of the organisation’s new five-year Health & Wellbeing strategy. 

Chris Thomas – Finance Director, Retail Motor Industry Federation. Chris has been a dedicated supporter of Ben for many years and brings his significant knowledge of the automotive industry and charity sector to the organisation.

 Mark Outhwaite BSc, MBA, Chartered MCIPD, MBCS – Director, Outhentics Consulting.

Mark’s considerable experience in change management and information technology implementation and adoption will help put Ben in a stronger position for further development and transformation.

And finally Sarah Bayliss – Head of HR, Thatcham Research. Sarah joins to serve specifically on Ben’s People & Nominations Committee. 

 In addition to these changes to Ben’s Board of Trustees, Tim Holmes and Lesley Upham, both long-standing Board members, have now completed their terms of office as trustees.

 To see the full list of Ben’s Board of Trustees, click here.  

Zara Ross said: “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.”


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