Chris Porter steps down as The Benevolent chief executive

Chris Porter is to step down from the role of chief executive of drinks industry charity, The Benevolent.

Before his appointment in January 2018 Porter had been actively involved with the charity for more than 20 years and has been a trustee on its board since 2010, and its chairman in 2013 and 2014. He was the first chief executive in the charity’s 133-year history to come from a logistics service background.

In 2018 Porter launched the first mental health campaign of the industry, #NotAlone, awarded as Best Trade Campaign last May, and under Porter’s tenure the charity played a relevant role in the industry aimed at removing the stigma around mental health.

He said: “I am very proud and pleased of where the charity is currently with the increased awareness and I am truly heartened by the goodwill that exists for The Benevolent and our work.”

With Porter as chief executive, the charity’s support reached an even greater number of beneficiaries, helping over 100 more people than in 2017 and managing the impressive number of a thousand cases of support over the past year. Porter said: “I have been incredibly humbled in having played a part helping people overcome financial, practical and emotional hardship.”

Michael Saunders, Chairman of The Benevolent said: “We owe Chris a huge debt of thanks for his work for our trade charity over the last 20 years as a trustee, chairman and chief executive. His commitment to the cause and the passion that he has shown is recognised and valued by us all. I am delighted that he will remain a committed supporter as we move forward with our plans for the charity”.

Chris Porter on his departure commented: “It is an organisation that is at the heart of an industry I love and an industry that has a heart to look after its own. It is one that I will continue to support for many years to come and I have been honoured and privileged to have been its chief executive.”

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