Newman has joined the charity from the Royal College of General Practitioners, where he grew turnover from £18 million to £33 million, supporting more than 45,000 family doctors and their patients worldwide.
Benevolent chairman Bill Breen said: “We feel that Paul will bring an innovative and fresh approach to the charity and we are delighted that he has joined us.
“He has a great wealth of knowledge and expertise in the not-for-profit and membership sector. We look forward to working with him on some new and exciting projects in 2012 and further strengthening the position of the Benevolent within the trade.”
Newman said: “In the current economic climate, the requests for support from organisations like the Benevolent are increasing. My immediate challenge is to renew our relationship with the trade to support people who have fallen on difficult times and need our help. In the longer term, my challenge is to work with the board of trustees and our supporters to ensure the sustainability of the Benevolent, so that we are celebrating our 250th anniversary in another 125 years.”