"Ben is a public policy and communications entrepreneur, who has worked at the heart of the policy world for over three decades. After graduating from Liverpool University, his career started in trade union research, where he was head of research and communications for the construction union UCATT. He then went on to become Jack Straw’s adviser during the formative years of New Labour. Following this he co-founded and became the managing director of LLM Communications, which went on to become the leading independent public affairs advisory firm in the UK.
"He has had a long interest in public services and local government and has been involved in policymaking and practice development at every level in the sector. He was a founder and is now a trustee of the thinktank, the New Local Government Network. He is a non-executive director of the consultancy Shared Intelligence, a member of the Public Interest Committee of OPM, and an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
"Ben was founding director of the 2020 Public Services Trust, which established a major cross-party commission to look at the future of public services, and how they should respond to new demographic, social and financial pressures. " 
- Speakers List, Progress
- former senior consultant at Lowe Bell Political.
- former Advisor for Labour minister Jack Straw
- former Head of Research and Communications at the construction trade union UCATT
- Director, Transition Institute 
- News International,
- the RSPCA,
- the National House Building Council
- "A number of local authorities"