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Robin Woolcock appointed BEN president, new trustees announced

BEN the automotive industry charity's new president is Robin Woolcock (pictured).

He takes over from Joe Greenwell OBE, who is standing down after six years in the role. Woolcock will also chair the charity's board, that he has sat on since 2005.

Woolcock has held a number of senior roles including that of managing director of Volkswagen Group in the UK from 2000-2011.  He then became a special advisor to Volkswagen AG in Germany. 

In addition the board, which oversees the running of the charity by its executive team, will further benefit from the appointment of four key industry figures.

The newly appointed trustees are:

• Jeremy Hicks, managing director, Jaguar Land Rover UK
• Steve Nash, chief executive officer, The Institute of the Motor Industry
• Lesley Upham, commercial director, Thatcham Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre
• Graham Wheeler, joint managing director, Volkswagen Financial Services.

Greenwell said: “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.

He has served as a trustee for 17 years, is a past BEN president, 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 nine 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.

“The development of Lynwood Village and plans to extend the breadth of our care and support services represent an exciting future. Robin is highly regarded amongst his fellow Board members and I have no doubt that under his guidance the Trustee body will continue to make a valuable and significant contribution.

“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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