Dogs Trust appoints Owen Sharp of the Movember Foundation as new chief executive

11 Apr 2019 News

UK animal welfare charity Dogs Trust has announced that Owen Sharp will be its new chief executive.

Sharp, who is currently CEO of the Movember Foundation. will take up the position in July. He replaces Adrian Burder who passed away in October 2018.

Sharp said: “I have watched Dogs Trust go from strength to strength, and be a much-respected force for good in the sector.

“As a dog lover and owner I’ve found the charity to be a helpful source of information and advice.

"I couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to lead the organisation.
 
“I know the charity has ambitious goals, with a new rehoming centre opening in Cardiff in 2021 and plans for helping more people understand their dogs.

“I can’t wait to play my part in making this – and more – happen, as their new CEO.”

Before Movember, well-known for the annual No Shave November campaign, Sharp was CEO at Prostate Cancer UK and interim and deputy chief executive at Victim Support.

He rebranded the Prostate Cancer Charity as Prostate Cancer UK, led a merger with Prostate Action, and launched the high-profile Men United campaign.

Sharp began his career in nursing in Glasgow and worked in leadership roles in hospitals across the UK.

Dogs Trust delighted by appointment

Jim Monteith, interim CEO of Dogs Trust and former finance director, said: “We’re delighted that Owen will be joining Dogs Trust.

“Owen has a strong history of leading incredibly successful charities, including Movember and Prostate Cancer UK.

“He impressed us with his wealth of experience, his thorough knowledge of the sector as well as his positive personality.

“He’s exactly the person we need to take up the reins here and we’re looking forward to him getting started.”

Dogs Trust has an annual income of £106m and rehomes dogs through its 20 centres in the UK and Dublin.

As well as rehoming, it provides training, education, veterinary research and campaigns to end puppy smuggling.

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