Ben appoints IMI CEO Steve Nash to head up trustee board

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Motor industry charity Ben has appointed IMI CEO Steve Nash as chair of its Board of Trustees.

Nash, who has served on Ben’s board since September 2014, takes over as chair from Robin Woolcock who has held the position for four years.

Woolcock, the ex-managing director of Volkswagen Group (UK), has been a long-standing Ben board and remains a trustee.

Nash has worked in the motor industry, in both the retail and manufacturing sectors, since graduating in 1977.

He joined BMW in 1986 and was a director of the company from 1997, including a period as group aftersales director, looking after the Rover and Land Rover brands.

He was chair of the IMI for five years, before becoming president in November 2009 and CEO in 2012.

He will work closely with Zara Ross, chief executive, to lead the organisation and head up its board of trustees.

Ross 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 has also appointed new members to its Board of Trustees, Sharon Ashcroft, HR director at TrustFord; Chris Thomas, finance director, Mark Outhwaite, director with Outhentics Consulting and Sarah Bayliss, head of HR, Thatcham Research