News Release For Immediate Release Ref: NR Date: 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 opportunity. “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. Notes to Editors: For further information contact: Vivienne Francis, Nikki Nagler or Claire Blackburn on 0208 222 7136/7670/7687. Out of hours contact: 0798 432 5001. Email: Vivienne.Francis@prostate-cancer.org.uk or Nicola.Nagler@prostate-cancer.org.uk or Claire.Blackburn@prostate-cancer.org.uk 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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