​The Bone Cancer Research Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Mat Cottle-Shaw as its new CEO.

With over 15 years’ experience working in the charity sector, Mat has headed the Fundraising & Communications Teams at the Bone Cancer Research Trust since 2015. Mat has brought to the charity a raft of experience and knowledge in the development and delivery of fundraising and communications strategies. Alongside this, Mat has also played a vital role in building key strategic partnerships and alliances resulting in the effective delivery of nation-wide awareness campaigns.

During his time at the Bone Cancer Research Trust, the charity has seen significant financial growth, fuelling a substantial increase of life-saving research and greater services to benefit primary bone cancer patients and their families.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity faced a £800,000 loss of income. Mat led his team through one of the most difficult times the charity had ever faced. Reacting quickly and effectively to this crisis, the income generated in 2020 exceeded that of previous years, with one campaign raising more than the charity did in the whole of 2017.

Andy Lewis, Chair of Trustees, said:

Mat has played a central role at the charity for six years and his commitment, dedication and expertise has led to growth in all areas of the charity. We faced unprecedented times during the pandemic and Mat held a vital role in ensuring the continuation of our work whilst steering us through uncertain times. We are delighted that Mat is our new CEO and as the charity grows, Mat’s wealth of expertise will enable us to continue to develop and grow, alongside the effective delivery of our charitable objectives.

Mat Cottle-Shaw, CEO, said:

It’s an absolute honour to have been appointed CEO of the Bone Cancer Research Trust, a cause I care so passionately about. This role comes at a vital time for the charity as we develop our longer-term plans and accelerate our work towards new treatments and improving outcomes for patients. BCRT has an incredibly talented and dedicated team, but we could not have achieved so much over the years without the primary bone cancer community, which is a community like no other. Every single day, inspirational individuals selflessly take on all manner of challenges and fundraising activities to raise funds for our life-saving work.

I’ve personally been affected by primary bone cancer after losing my dad to the disease when I was just 10 years old. My determination for the charity to succeed comes from my own experiences and those of all our patients and supporters. With the continued support of our community, we will leave no stone unturned to find a cure for this currently under-funded and under-profiled disease. The entire Bone Cancer Research Trust team will continue to work tirelessly every day for every patient facing bone cancer.