Unltd hopes to profit from its new chair

Unltd hopes to profit from its new chair


Social Enterprise


20.12.07


 


Unltd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, has welcomed a new chair.


 


Rich Benton succeeds Jeremy Oppenheim, the founding chair of UnLtd, who has stepped down after six years. Benton was one of the founder directors of Capita Group in 1984, and, as sales director, oversaw 14 years of growth. He then joined Mouchel Parkman plc as a non-executive director and drove its transformation into a successful infrastructure management company, becoming chairman in 2000. He has also chaired Public Recruitment Group plc. Within the community sector, he has chaired the governors of Eastlea Community School in one of the most deprived parts of inner London and chaired the South-West Newham Education Action Zone. He has been a judge for the Ernst and Young/Stock Exchange Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and helped his wife, Annie, set up an inclusive non- profit school with full facilities for children with special needs, after seeing the need first-hand for their own children.


 


He said: ‘I identify wholeheartedly with social entrepreneurship. In my commercial, voluntary and personal life I have tried to encourage and mentor people to use their drive, ambition Fu and innovative ideas to make a difference in their community. I believe that under my chairmanship UnLtd will continue to identify and maximise external income sources, build partnerships with organisations that will further our mission, and develop ever better ways to identify, support and network with the rapidly increasing number of social entrepreneurs.’


 


Cliff Prior, CEO of UnLtd said: ‘I look forward to working with Rich, who so clearly has a real passion and understanding for the work of inspiring and supporting social entrepreneurs. Together we can work towards reaching out to even more social entrepreneurs to have a lasting impact across the UK.’