BEN has announced the death of former deputy chief executive David Prescott, MBE, FCIS.

Prescott spent 36 years with the motor industry benevolent fund, starting as assistant secretary in 1969. He became deputy chief executive and company secretary in 1974, remaining until 2005.

In a statement, BEN praised Prescott’s work:

Throughout his tenure at BEN he worked tirelessly, with the then executive, to drive the charity forward; was a fundamental force in developing many of the services offered today and, during this time, doubled the number of people BEN is able to support. He was instrumental in establishing three of BEN’s existing care centres and the first ever workplace day centre for the elderly in Coventry. A man of many talents, David worked for the betterment of our automotive community becoming a fellow of the FMI and serving as Honorary Treasurer right up until his death. He also had a keen interest in developing the charity sector and was involved with many organisations including South Bank University, as a Visiting Fellow in Charities Administration (1992-2002) and from 1995 was Chairman of the Association of Charity Officers. Additionally, he was a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators UK council and chaired the ICSA Benevolent Fund (1995-2000).

His funeral will be held on 8 November in Wendover.