Sadness as former ASTL CEO Benson Hersch passes away


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It is with great sadness that the ASTL confirms the passing of its former CEO, Benson Hersch.

Benson was CEO of the ASTL between 2012 and 2019, during which time annual bridging completions grew from £885m to more than £4bn and membership of the Association more than doubled.

Under his tenure, the reputation of the bridging industry vastly improved and representation with the FCA, HM Treasury and other regulatory bodies also increased.

Aside from these achievements, Benson was hugely respected and well liked throughout the industry and he will be sorely missed.

Vic Jannels, CEO of the ASTL says:

“On behalf of the Board, I can say that Benson is the reason why the ASTL is where it is today.

He took the reins of the membership and transformed it into an association that was more representative of the industry, with a clear purpose to improve standards and encourage sustainable growth of the sector.

Even after his retirement at the end of last year, he maintained a close interest in the sector and has been of amazing support to me during my tenure.

To say that he will be sorely missed is an understatement. He was an  incredibly warm and insightful man, and he has played a significant role in the careers of many people within the industry.

Many will be aware that Benson had been poorly for some time and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Phileshia, and children.

Let us all take a moment to mourn the loss of a good friend and  outstanding colleague – and celebrate the life of a man who was such a positive influence on the lending industry.”