David Main, chief executive of automotive charity BEN, is to retire from the organisation in July 2016. He will be replaced by Zara Ross.

Main has held his position since 2009 following a varied career which began with the Dunlop Group and saw him work in New Jersey for healthcare group BOC Group, and chief executive of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund.

Looking back at his time at the automotive charity, Main said the Lynwood Care centre was something he was proud of: "I am very proud of overseeing the work at Lynwood. This integrated facility answers a real need for the wider community, and is a model I firmly believe will become more common in the future, helping solve problems of isolation, loneliness and ongoing care for the elderly."

He added: "My work at BEN has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I will certainly miss my colleagues and our residents at BEN, but am fully confident I am leaving the organisation in very good hands. The experience and focus of our highly skilled senior management team will certainly lead to great things for BEN in the future."

Robin Woolcock, president and chair of the board of trustees at BEN, said: "It is no exaggeration to say David has been the major driving force behind the success and transformation of BEN in recent years."

Ross will join BEN from her current role as director of transformation and development with the St Monica Trust in Bristol. She has been responsible for the development and management of a number of new care services for children, families and people with disabilities in Scotland and was Head of Care and Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development with the St Monica Trust

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Woolcock added: "We are all thrilled to have Zara on board and warmly welcome her to the BEN family.

"I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to David Main for the outstanding work he has done in navigating BEN through the significant transformation we have seen in the past few years. BEN truly is a totally different organisation from the one David joined."