Prostate Cancer UK chief executive Owen Sharp to leave for the Movember Foundation

Sharp is expected to step down from the cancer charity in October

Owen Sharp
Owen Sharp

Owen Sharp, the chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, is to join the Movember Foundation in the new role of global prostate and testicular cancer lead in October.

He moves on from Prostate Cancer UK four and a half years after joining its predecessor the Prostate Cancer Charity. The charity rebranded as Prostate Cancer UK in 2012.

Movember originated in Australia in 2003 and raises funds by encouraging men to grow moustaches during the month of November. The foundation has raised £400m across the world, funding more than 850 programmes that focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Sharp will be responsible for a major part of the foundation’s programme investments relating to health outcomes and for the management of men’s health partnerships around the world.

He is expected to remain with Prostate Cancer UK until October. Prostate Cancer UK said the recruitment for a new chief executive was now under way.

William Russell, chairman of Prostate Cancer UK, said: "Owen has provided inspirational leadership and the board is grateful for his outstanding contribution. Over the past few years since Owen joined us, not only have we experienced strong income growth and substantially improved awareness of the disease, but we have also made life better for men with prostate cancer.

Sharp will report to Paul Villanti, director of programmes at the Movember Foundation, who said: "Owen has done an outstanding job over the past four and a half years successfully leading Prostate Cancer UK. He brings with him incredible knowledge and expertise to help us achieve our aim of men living happier, healthier and longer lives."

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