Ed Aspel to step down from Cancer Research UK in November

The director of fundraising is to take a career break, Third Sector has learnt

Ed Aspel
Ed Aspel

Ed Aspel, director of fundraising at Cancer Research UK, is to step down from the role in November, Third Sector has learnt.

Aspel has led the fundraising department of the UK’s biggest fundraising charity since 2015, having joined in 2012 as head of innovation delivery. Third Sector has been told Aspel will take a career break.

Michelle Mitchell, the chief executive of CRUK, said in a statement that Aspel would leave the charity in November and would "step back as a full-time executive".

She said Aspel had "built and led what is undeniably one of the most successful fundraising teams in our sector and leaves us in a very strong position".

She said: "Ed has always demonstrated enormous passion for our cause. His work has helped us get closer to our aim of seeing three in four people survive cancer by 2034, and we wish him every success in the future as he purses new non-exec opportunities."

Aspel said in a statement that he had had "a fantastic seven years" at the charity. 

He said: "It’s been an absolute privilege to lead one of the most successful fundraising teams in the sector as we’ve developed new campaigns, strengthened our brand and put our supporters at the heart of everything we do.

"Like many people, I have seen close family and friends affected by the disease, and I am so proud of the work that my team has done. They are dedicated, professional and truly believe in what they do, making a difference to people affected by cancer every single day. 

"I leave Cancer Research UK in the knowledge that we have made progress in our aim to beat cancer, and that we will continue to do so over the years to come."

Aspel leaves the charity with another memento: a tattoo on his bottom of the charity’s logo.

In 2016, he promised his team he would get a tattoo of the logo on whichever body part they chose if they could raise £50,000 through the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

The team raised £60,000 and chose his right buttock.

CRUK did not respond to requests for comment on what might happen to the tattoo after his departure.

A spokeswoman for the charity said it did not yet have any information on when it would begin recruiting Aspel’s replacement.

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