From beer goggles to safety goggles: APIL names new CEO


Benner: Experienced campaigner and strategist

A man steeped in the brewing business has been named the new chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Mike Benner is only the third chief executive in the organisation’s history after Denise Kitchener and, more recently, Deborah Evans.

He has been managing director of the Society of Independent Brewers since 2014, representing the interests of craft brewers, and before that spent 17 years at the Campaign for Real Ale, first as head of campaigns and communications and then 10 years as chief executive.

He is also a national trustee of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.
On LinkedIn, Mr Brenner, an economics graduate, describes himself as “an experienced leader and campaigner with in-depth experience in governance, strategic development, operations, marketing, PR and public affairs”.

APIL president Brett Dixon said: “Mike is an experienced campaigner and strategist and is no stranger to the challenges of dealing with change and ensuring an organisation’s resilience for the future.

“The executive committee is delighted to welcome him to the organisation and I know Mike will provide strong and consistent leadership in our ongoing commitment to representing the needs of injured people.”

He joins APIL amidst questions from some members about how effective it was in campaigning over the Civil Liability Act 2018 and what is believed to be falling membership numbers.

Mr Benner takes over on 1 July.

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