Ben graduated from Cambridge University in 2002 with a B.A. (1st class) in Russian and Latin. After graduating, he worked as a TV researcher, political analyst of the former Soviet Union, and freelance translator. In 2012, he decided to retrain as an archivist, and was awarded a Diploma with Merit in Archive Administration by the University of Aberystwyth in 2018. He has been at Magdalen since October 2013.
Ben assists the Archivist, Dr. Charlotte Berry, in the running of the Archives of Magdalen College. This includes cataloguing, preparing exhibitions, handling enquiries and visits from the public. He also contributes to the College website and the Library and Archives Facebook page.