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Bennett to leave Solace

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Solace’s co-managing director Mike Bennett has announced that he is leaving the body, two months after taking up the role.

Mr Bennett has been with the organisation for 13 years, assuming his current role when director general David Clark moved across to sister organisation Solace Enterprises in April.

Mr Bennett is to stand down when he moves to France later this year. He said the decision was “for entirely personal reasons” and that it had been a privilege to work for Solace.

“Solace has changed enormously since I joined as the first policy officer to the Scotland Branch,” he said. “Looking back I am proud that Solace has expanded not just organisationally but also in terms of reputation and influence.

“While I will be leaving in a few months time, there is still much work to do in the meantime and I will continue to lead a number of exciting projects, particularly the development of the Solace Summit and of our new policy framework.”

Solace board chair Derek Myers said Mr Bennett had made an “outstanding contribution” to the growth and development of the body. “When the time comes for him to leave he will go with all our best wishes and I know he will continue to work with UK public services in some capacity in the future,” he added.

Mr Bennett is set to work closely with co-managing director Kathryn Rossiter to decide on how his role and responsibilities will be continued.

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