The Prostate Cancer Charity Announces New Chief Executive The by mikeholy


									                 News Release
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               The Prostate Cancer Charity
              Announces New Chief Executive
The Prostate Cancer Charity is pleased to announce that Owen Sharp has been appointed as
its new Chief Executive.

Sharp, currently Executive Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive of Victim
Support, will take over the helm from John Neate, who has held the post for almost a decade,
at the end of March.

Commenting upon his appointment, Owen Sharp said: “I am delighted to have been appointed
the Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity. Prostate cancer impacts on the lives of
thousands of men and their families every year and the progress that the Charity has made in
the last few years has made a real difference. I am really excited by the excellent partnership
that The Prostate Cancer Charity has established with the Movember Foundation and the
opportunity that this presents to increase awareness, research and choices available to all
men and their families.

“The Prostate Cancer Charity is a really exciting and dynamic organisation and I am really
looking forward to leading the team to build on all that has been achieved and to take the
Charity forward to deliver on the ambitious goals set out in the 2020 Strategy.”

Sharp has played a key role in the complex task of integrating 77 independent federated
charities into one unified national organisation at Victim Support, the national charity for
victims and witnesses in England and Wales, which he joined in 2007. He currently has the
responsibility for the delivery of all services to victims and witnesses at the charity, which has
1,600 staff and 6,500 volunteers, and has overseen the development of services, including the
establishment of a new scheme for people bereaved by murder and manslaughter.

John Neate will move to a new part-time post at the Charity as Director of International
Relations. Neate will be focussed on identifying global best practice in care and treatment of
prostate cancer and in promoting international research collaboration, particularly supporting
the global research initiative of the Movember Foundation.

John Neate said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have led The Prostate Cancer Charity
since 2002 and to have been part of the major changes which are taking place in the public
and political profile of prostate cancer. I am now relishing the new challenges of the
international aspects of prostate cancer and look forward very much to working with Owen
Sharp - a strong new leader for the next phase of the Charity's development."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in                                           Page 1 of 2
men in the UK. 36,000 men are diagnosed with
prostate cancer every year and one man dies
every hour of the disease.
Paul Forster, Chairman of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said he was fully confident that the
Board of Trustees had found the right person to lead the organisation in a period of dynamic
“We have found someone who reflects the strong values of the Charity and the way it works,
but also has the experience and vision to lead us through this exciting period of our own
growth, as well as to grow our partnership with the Movember Foundation.

“We are in the fortunate position of gaining substantially increased income – through our own
successful fundraising and the phenomenal growth of Movember* – which will provide us with
the means not only of increasing our medical research funding, but also fundamentally
tackling the base of ignorance that still underpins so many men's attitudes to the disease.
However, this growth will bring all the challenges of a fast expanding organisation and we
believe that Owen has just the right sort of experience to ensure we use the resources
effectively,” he said.
Forster also paid tribute to John Neate, saying: “John has led an outstandingly successful
period of development for the Charity over the past nine years, and the Board is enormously
grateful to him.”

*The annual sponsored moustache-growing initiative, which this year saw 112,000
participants raise over £10 million for The Prostate Cancer Charity, which is the beneficiary
charity in the UK.

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Owen Sharp

Owen Sharp began his career as a NHS staff nurse working in Glasgow and Cambridge. He
joined the NHS Wales General Management Training Scheme in 1997. He has held a number
of senior management posts in the NHS across England and Wales, including Head of
Modernisation at Salisbury Health Care Trust and Deputy Director of Operations for
Emergency Care at Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust.

He was appointed Executive Director of Operations at Victim Support in August 2007. He was
appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2008. He was Interim Chief Executive for a 6 month
period in 2010.

The Prostate Cancer Charity

The Prostate Cancer Charity has 92 employees and its expected income for this financial year
is in excess of £15,000,000.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Every year in the
UK 36,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. One man dies every hour of prostate
cancer in the UK.

African Caribbean men are three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men.

The Prostate Cancer Charity is striving for a world where lives are no longer limited by
prostate cancer. The Charity is fighting prostate cancer on every front - through research,
support, information and campaigning.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in                                      Page 2 of 2
men in the UK. 36,000 men are diagnosed with
prostate cancer every year and one man dies
every hour of the disease.

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