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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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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."