Dogs Trust has announced a new Chief Executive, following the death of their former CEO, Adrian Burder, in October.
Owen Sharp, CEO of the Movember Foundation, will join the UK’s leading dog welfare charity in July. The Movember Foundation is a global charity that seeks to improve men’s health. Prior to that Mr Sharp was CEO at Prostate Cancer UK and Deputy Chief Executive at Victim Support.
Dogs Trust is now a £106m charity, helping 15,000 dogs a year directly through its rehoming centres and many more through its programme of Dog School training classes, education workshops, campaigns to end puppy smuggling, veterinary research and much more. The charity is popular with supporters of all ages and was named the third most positively talked about by Millennials in a recent YouGov poll (September 2018).
Jim Monteith, Interim CEO of Dogs Trust and former FD of the charity, 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.”
Owen 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.”