Our Board and Staff

The companies listed below have generously subscribed to the Society’s funds in the year 2018/2019   As a result, they have been awarded Corporate Membership in the categories shown.

Belhaven Brewery/M. Pubs Matthew Clark Wholesale Ardagh Glass
Diageo G.B.  Edrington Group Carntyne/Russell Group
Wm. Grant & Sons Eurostampa Graphic Packaging
Heineken/Star Pubs Edrington Beam Suntory Guala Closures
Pernod Ricard/Chivas MCC Labels McLaren Packaging
Tennents/Wm. Magners Ltd. Molson Coors Punch Taverns
XPO Logistics Multi Packaging Solutions Saica Packaging
  Smurfit Kappa Group  
  Whyte & Mackay  




Accolade Connect Appointments Montpeliers
Allied Glass  Croxson O-I Sales
A.G. Barr Plc. John Dewar & Sons Rescu Solutions
Best Cellars  Distell Shepherd Neame
The BIG Partnership Dunns Food and Drink Signature Pubs
Brightwork Recruitment  H.Erben Simply Cartons
Caledinian Heritable  Halewood   D.S. Smith Packaging
Carlsberg Inverarity Morton TLT Solicitors
CCL Labels Inverarity Morton UCP
Cellar Trends  IPL International Vassi Group
Coca Cola Jeagermeiser  Gavin Watson Ltd.
Loch Lomond Group Winter & Co.  





Alliance Wine George Hotel, Inverary NSD
Bacardi  Glenhaze Plastic Keg Company
Beamglow Gordon & MacPhail  Procurus Scotland
Beam Suntory J.W. Gray  Rankin Bros.
Bluefin Holdfast Entertainment Ramondin
Brewers Assoc. of Scotland Iggesund Reprobrand
Broughton Ales International Beverage Brands Saverglass
Cairngorm Hotel Lisini Pub Group S.L.T. News
Ceader Ltd. Mediaworld Stoelzle Flacconage
City Refrigeration Iain McLeod & Co. Strand Paper & Board
Contact Holdings Miller Brands  Suburban Taverns
Elanders Moet Hennessy  Tomatin Distillery
Fenner Paper  Nixon Consultants Thomas Tunnock
J.W. Filshill Ltd. North British Distillery TRM Packaging
Van Genechten Packaging West Brewery  



These categories do not include donations to raffles, prize draws etc. and Directors’ time which is given on a voluntary basis.

Platinum – Over £10,000, Gold £5,000 - £9,999, Silver £2,500 - £4,999, Bronze £1,000 - £2,499, Member Up to £1,000



Stephen McGowan AGM Appointed 2015

TLT Solicitors 

Stephen McGowan is the current President of the Ben, appointed 2018 - having joined the board of directors in 2014 and elected Vice President in 2017. Stephen is a Partner at law firm TLT LLP and specialises in licensing, representing many operators from all areas of the licensed trade all over Scotland. Stephen is also the Chairman of the Institute of Licensing Scotland Region, and the former Chairman of BII Scotland. As President, Stephen is tasked with overseeing the work of the charity, but very much works hand in hand with our CEO and the other board directors to endeavour to get as much help as possible to friends in the trade who have fallen on hard times. Many years before qualifying as a solicitor who represents the trade, Stephen worked in a pub in Partick, and remains a passionate supporter of the hospitality and licensed trade.


John Hutchison AGM Appointed 2016

I have 17 years industry experience with Heineken UK. Working for the last 13 years in the sales function in a variety of roles. Most recently as Regional Sales Director in Scotland. I have been a board director of the BEN for 3 years and Vice President for the last year



James Newton  AGM Appointed 2019

Newton First

I am an Entrepreneur in Hospitality. I started out In Recruitment and then expanded into HR and Employment Law specialising in the Hospitality Industry. The company is Called NewtonFirst Group and we are based in Glasgow City Centre. I have worked with the Leading Hotel and Restaurants Groups across all of Scotland from well-established to new openings. Last year I expanded into Bars and Restaurants. My position on the board as a Director personally means a lot to me as I am looking to improve working conditions and help our industry be a better one!    


Alan McGarrie  AGM Appointed 2017                               


 Alan McGarrie is Group Brand Director for Tennent Caledonian Breweries/ C&C Brands, primarily responsible for leading the strategic planning and execution of Tennent’s marketing activity across a variety of territories. Alan has been a Trustee of The BEN since April 2017 and assists the charity on an ongoing basis with their marketing output.  Prior to joining Tennent’s, Alan gained significant experience working with well-known brands, most latterly adidas Football where he held the position of Global PR & Social Media Director. During four and a half years with adidas, Alan played a lead role in global football campaigns including the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament in France.  A Fellow of The Marketing Society Scotland, he has also represented other high profile clients during his career such as the World’s largest sports broadcaster ESPN, Scotland’s national stadium Hampden Park and Scotland’s largest music festival T in the Park


Susan Dalziel  AGM Appointed 2017

Molson Coors

I joined the Ben in April 2017 representing Molson Coors Brewing Company.  I have a varied background having worked within the Financial Sector and also Local Government before joining the Licensed Trade and Molson Coors in 1999.  My roles have been mostly within Operational Management and Sales but also with experience in event management.  I felt that I could bring my experience to The Ben and make a real contribution to the charity.  I am a Director of The Ben and will be involved in a range of tasks but normally around helping at events

David McGowan  AGM Appointed 2016

Broughton Ales


Peter Risk AGM Appointed 2018



Catherine Conaghan AGM Appointed 2018

Edrington Beam Suntory


Alison Hart  AGM Appointed 2018

Brown-Forman Beverages






Paul Waterson  AGMAppointed 2019

Paramount Creative





Chris Gardner CEO The Benevolent Society Scotland                         

Chris Gardener



79 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 2AW

Telephone: 0141 353 3596

Fax: 0141 353 359

E-MAIL chris@bensoc.org.uk

Website www.bensoc.org.uk




R. MACSWEEN Glasgow and West Of Scotland
J. GRIERSON  North Scotland
A. MOORE Glasgow and West Of Scotland
P. BURNS East of Scotland
G. REDDINGTON Southern Scotland
A. BARNET North of Scotland
H. McKAY  Central Scotland
S. MILLAR Edinburgh and Borders
J. CAMERON Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Southern Scotland




The Ben Visitors

All visitors have either worked in the trade or husband’s worked in the trade, they visit beneficiaries two to three times a year to make sure they are keeping well and for some social contact with some of our  beneficiaries who are sometimes lonely. 

R. MACSWEEN Glasgow and West Of Scotland
J. GRIERSON  North Scotland
A. MOORE Glasgow and West Of Scotland
P. BURNS East of Scotland
G. REDDINGTON Southern Scotland
A. BARNET North of Scotland
H. McKAY  Central Scotland
S. MILLAR Edinburgh and Borders
J. CAMERON Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Southern Scotland


Our Staff

The BEN’s Chief Executive is Chris Gardner, who is the only full time employee of the charity, the Trustees give their time on a voluntary basis.

Fiona Ritchie works with The BEN part time as assistant to the CEO

Chris has worked for the BEN for 31 years and if you call the office, she is the one who answers the phone.  The advantage of having just one person in the office is that applications for assistance get actioned immediately, as speed is essential when dealing with desperate situations.


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