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Deputy Chief Exec Steps Down


Sharky Ward OBE has made a decision to leave The Royal Marines Charity with effect from 17 May 2017.

Formerly Director of Operations and then CEO of The C Group, he has been passionate in supporting Wounded, Injured and Sick Royal Marines and their families, in particular through generating funds and non-monetary support, focusing on assisting those medically discharged into employment through engagement with the Charity’s business network.

As Deputy Chief Executive of The Royal Marines Charity, he was responsible for leading the Fundraising and Marketing Team, bringing together staff of the two former charities and establishing highly effective fundraising and marketing strategies for the new Charity, including the delivery of our signature London Dinner, which led to a successful beyond budget outcome in 2016. He also led the Transition function, ensuring an increased number of medically discharged beneficiaries were assisted into education or employment at decreased cost. In addition, he project managed the design and construction of a significant, bespoke house for a beneficiary, inspiring significant pro bono services and materials to reduce the Charity spend. Throughout, Sharky has been totally focussed on supporting Royal Marines in need of charitable assistance and has developed significant relationships with supporters, the Charity and the Royal Marines to achieve this.

Sharky said, ‘I would like to thank the Charity Board, Team and most of all the incredible people who have supported The C Group and The Royal Marines Charity over the last 4 years; I wish the charity and  its beneficiaries every success for the future, in preparation for and beyond the forthcoming merger with the RMA.’

The Trustees and CEO would like to thank Sharky for his work at The Royal Marines Charity and wish Sharky all the best for his future endeavours.