John Neate


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John Neate has held senior roles in the NHS, including leading and managing acute hospital services in London and South Wales and commissioning hospital and community health services for the population of the Borough of Bromley.

There was always a campaigning spirit waiting to get out, however, and after 20 years in the NHS, John made a planned move to the charity world in the mid-1990s. His first role was as Director of Development with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he was responsible for leading a wide-ranging renewal programme, including successful introduction of a new regional structure, development and introduction of a UK-wide human resources strategy, creation of long-term planning arrangements and the development and promotion of the Society’s new MS National Centre.

Until 2011, John was Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity (now Prostate Cancer UK). Through a talented team of around 100 people, he led the Charity through a period of major and sustained financial growth – from £2 million to £19 million per annum, raised significantly the profile of a historically neglected disease, achieved largest share of media voice on prostate cancer issues and enabled the Charity to become a trusted and challenging partner to Government and the NHS. Fundamental to the Charity’s success was a clear long-term strategy, owned and understood by stakeholders and setting demanding but realistic goals for the prostate cancer ‘landscape’ in 2020. In 2012, John acted as interim CEO of Y Care International – YMCA’s international relief and development agency, working in partnership with YMCAs across the developing world to respond to the needs of the most disadvantaged young people.

John has an international Masters in Business Administration degree from Henley Business School and a Postgraduate Certificate with Distinction in Africa and International Development from the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, the University of Edinburgh. He has held a number of national representational roles, including as a member of the Government’s Prostate Cancer Advisory Group, the Government’s National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Advisory Group and the Board of the National Cancer Research Institute.

John’s overseas interests have included undertaking a strategic review of financial and organisational arrangements for the Israeli Multiple Sclerosis Society, acting as project reviewer and adviser to the Board of the MS International Federation on its international MS Research Centre in Munich, carrying out study visits on cancer services to Europe, the United States and Canada, and acting as Chair of a small NGO in Ghana. He is currently Chairman of Mercy Central, a Christian charity helping people in financial difficulty in Reading and surrounding areas, a Board member of international development charity, Embrace the Middle East, and Partnership Lead for a leadership development programme between Vineyard Churches in the UK and in Kenya.

He has undertaken strategic management structural reviews for the Church Mission Society (CMS), has recently developed an outline business plan for a potential major new cancer prevention research initiative and is currently providing business coaching in the international development and mission sectors.

“John worked very sympathetically with us on a strategic review. He not only got under the skin of the organisation but brought sharp analytic skills to bear that resulted in a clear focussed report that helpfully charted the way forward for us.”

Philip Mounstephen, Executive Leader, Church Mission Society

“As a mentor and coach, John has been immensely helpful in supporting me as I work through the organisational changes that I have overseen within Tearfund and the strategic priorities that I am now leading on. John combines personal and professional support with great wisdom and sensitivity. I have found our times together consistently positive and constructive.”

David Bainbridge, then International Director, Tearfund