The BEN appoints Stephen McGowan as president

24th May 2018 By

stephen mcgowan

The BEN appoints Stephen McGowan as new president


Stephen has been elected as the new president of the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society at the charity’s AGM. Officially known as The BEN, the charity helps former and current workers of the licensed trade facing hardship, providing social, financial and emotional support.

In his new role, Stephen will head the charity’s board and drive operational strategy, working closely with chief executive, Chris Gardner, to optimise fundraising and the delivery of services for beneficiaries.

Stephen was appointed to the board of The BEN in 2012 and elected vice president in 2017. His presidency was announced at the charity's annual general meeting on 26 April 2018. 

Stephen said: " I am deeply honoured to be able to serve the charity as its president and help steward us towards seeking out new beneficiaries during my term. 

"With my appointment, I am therefore asking everyone in the licensed trade to reconnect with The BEN and to consider anyone they know or employ who might benefit from its services, particularly younger members of staff who may not know what The BEN can do to support them. We are working on a number of new initiatives to seek out people we can help and support, and I hope I can follow successfully in the footsteps of the many able Presidents who have served before me" 

Stephen is a well-known face in the licensed trade as a specialist licensing lawyer and a partner at law firm TLT. He is the formerchairman of BII Scotland, a position he held from 2012 to 2016, and was appointed inaugural chairman of the Scottish region of the Institute of Licensing in 2016.



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