CBI’s Bentley to take time out

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The CBI’s deputy director-general, Neil Bentley, said yesterday that he was standing down after 12 years at the business group.

Bentley, who was promoted to the role in February 2011 and has been responsible for member-focused UK and international operations and business planning, said he had decided to take a sabbatical.

He will leave at the end of the month to concentrate on his own house-building project and “work out my next career move”.

CBI director-general John Cridland said: “Neil has been a fantastic advocate for business at home and abroad, a tireless champion of diversity and a good friend and colleague to us all at the CBI.

“As well as leading major CBI campaigns, Neil has played a crucial role in raising the CBI’s international profile and broadening our membership base.”