Matthew Hobbs joined Prostate Cancer UK as Deputy Director of Research in November 2013. Through a period where the charity’s focus has increasingly been placed on funding and translating research that can make a difference for men diagnosed with or at risk of prostate cancer. Matthew has been responsible for in-year delivery of the charity’s research business plans; has contributed to development of new charity and research strategies; and, with his team, has delivered several targeted research funding schemes and changed how the charity performs horizon scanning, impact assessment, and response mode funding. Matthew’s previous roles include: Head of Research at Diabetes UK between January 2012 and November 2013; Senior Project Manager for the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (January 2010 – December 2011) and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to develop better tools for the NHS to support commercial clinical trials (January 2008 – January 2010). In the very distant past he completed a PhD involving the synthesis of lanthanide complexes of which he now understands barely a single word!