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Three familiar faces become The Benevolent trustees

Published:  23 July, 2018

Drinks industry charity The Benevolent has appointed three new trustees including Bibendum PLB chief executive Michael Saunders who is due to become the next chairman. 

Saunders is joined by Troy Christensen, chief executive of Enotria&Coe and Tom King, managing director of Europe for Treasury Wine Estates.

The three new trustees join as part of the charity’s plans to expand the reach of support to help more vulnerable members of the wider UK drinks industry.

Saunders will succeed current chairman Tom Yusef from January 2019 until 2021, when he will be succeeded by Troy Christensen.

Chief executive Chris Porter called the three new appointments a “positive and progressive boost” to the charity, which helps vulnerable members of the drinks industry and their families with everything from mental health to financial wellbeing.

Part of the new board members’ roles will be to act as consultants, helping to improve the charity’s operations as well as its profile within the drinks industry.

Benevolent chairman Tom Yusef said: “I am delighted to welcome the new trustees to the board. They are all well-known and highly respected and bring with them hugely relevant experience which will be invaluable at this crucial time in our trade charity’s growth. I am certain that the Trustees alongside the team will work tirelessly to make sure the needs of the beneficiaries around the country will be met”.