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Dogs Trust welcomes new CEO
Mr Sharp previously worked as deputy chief executive at Victim Support and CEO at Prostate Cancer UK.
Movember CEO will take the reins at leading dog charity

The chief executive of the Movember Foundation, Owen Sharp, is set to take over as CEO the Dogs Trust in July, the charity has announced.

Former Dogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder sadly passed away in October last year, following a short illness. He had worked at the charity for more than 20 years, formerly as marketing director, before becoming chief executive in 2014.

Mr Sharp began his career as a nurse in Glasgow and has worked in a number of leadership roles in hospitals across the UK. Before joining the Movember Foundation, he previously worked as deputy chief executive at Victim Support and CEO at Prostate Cancer UK.

Commenting on his appointment, he 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.”

Interim CEO at the Dog’s Trust, Jim Monteith, added: “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.”

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Stephen Fry lends voice to frog conservation film

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 Comedian and author Stephen Fry has lent his voice to a new animation that hopes to raise awareness of deadly ranavirus, which is threatening the UK’s frogs.

Research by ZSL, who created the short film, suggests that at least 20 per cent of ranavirus cases over the past three decades, could be attributed to human introductions. This includes pond owners introducing fish, frog spawn and plants from other environments.

Amphibian disease expert Dr Stephen Price said: “People can help stop the spread by avoiding moving potentially infected material such as spawn, tadpoles, pond water and plants into their own pond. Disinfecting footwear or pond nets before using them elsewhere will also help.” 

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BVA Welsh Branch elects new president

Veterinary surgeon Ifan Lloyd was elected president of the BVA Welsh Branch at its AGM on 25 June.

Ifan has worked mainly in mixed practice since graduating from Cambridge University in 1988. He was a partner at St James Veterinary Group for 23 years and has continued to work part time at the practice since retiring in 2017.

He is passionate about animal health and disease eradication. He is a director of Cefn Gwlad Solutions, a company set up to lead bovine TB programmes in collaboration with other stakeholders. He is also director of lechyd Da (gwledig), the bTB testing delivery partner in South Wales.

Ifan said, “As a founding member of BVA Welsh Branch I am honoured and delighted to be elected as President. I have been passionate about representing the veterinary profession in Wales for many years and I plan to use this experience to represent my colleagues to the best of my abilities.”