Ben studied Russian and Latin at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After graduation, he worked for several years as a TV researcher, political analyst of the former Soviet Union, and freelance translator before deciding in 2012 to retrain as an archivist. He is currently studying for an MA in Archive Administration at the University of Aberystwyth. 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.