BEN, the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting those working in the automotive industry, has announced the appointment of Zara Ross as its new chief executive officer.
Ross has officially taken over from David Main who has now retired from his CEO duties at the organisation.
She brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the charity sector, having held a number of senior roles at the St Monica Trust, Quarriers and Action for Children. Her previous role was director of transformation and development at the St Monica Trust which provides accommodation, care and support for older people in the south west of England. Here, she was responsible for ensuring the delivery of the organisation's strategic plan, focusing on growth, development, influence and impact.
Prior to this, Ross held the position of head of care and, before that, her role was head of human resources and organisational development, both at the St Monica Trust. Qualified to Doctorate level, she is an experienced senior executive with a proven track record of delivering strategic business growth and change within complex organisations.
Robin Woolcock, chairman and president of the board of trustees at BEN, said: “We are thrilled that Zara has officially joined the BEN team. She brings a wealth of experience to the organisation, especially given her strong background in the charity sector and her in-depth knowledge of the care industry.
“It was extremely important for us to appoint an individual with a care background to the role as we believe a deep understanding of the sector will be instrumental in developing and driving BEN’s future strategy.
“Zara has the energy and integrity to lead strategic change as well as a proven record of motivating and managing staff, through combining care and business values in the management of not-for-profit organisations.
“Over the past two years, BEN has been through a period of significant change and we believe that Zara is the right person to continue with the good work we have started. Finally, I would like to sincerely thank David Main for his tremendous service and significant contribution to BEN over the years as well as wishing Zara all the best in her new role.”
Ross added: “I understand the important journey that the organisation has already embarked on to support more people in the automotive industry.
“I’m also committed to helping BEN achieve its future potential and I believe there is a great opportunity for growth and development in all areas of the organisation. I’m already impressed by the passion and commitment that my new colleagues demonstrate and I look forward to helping continue BEN’s success in supporting the automotive industry.”