WONCA announces new CEO to commence in October 2012

The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) is pleased to announce Dr Garth Manning FRCGP FCGP[SL](Hon), as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Manning was selected after an extensive global search that followed the announcement by current CEO, Dr Alfred Loh, of his plan to retire.

Dr Manning (pictured) has more than 20 years of diverse work experience in numerous capacities and many countries. He is a family doctor and has been a practicing medical officer and leader in the Royal Air Force, including deployment in areas of conflict. He has been an international consultant advising governments and other authorities on health system reform and primary health care development. For the past 13 years, Dr Manning has served as Director of International Development for the Royal College of General Practitioners, in the United Kingdom.

Professor Richard Roberts MD JD, President of WONCA, said “Wonca is excited to have Dr Manning as our new CEO. Our worldwide search has resulted in a world class leader, who can help WONCA in its continued development and advance Family Medicine around the globe.” 

Dr Manning commented, “this is a fantastic opportunity and I thank the WONCA Executive Committee for their confidence in me. I look forward very much to continuing the excellent work of Alfred Loh and his team and taking WONCA forward to the next stages of its development”.

Dr Manning and his wife Monica, an international health systems specialist, are originally from Belfast, though currently reside just south of Manchester. Dr Manning will officially assume his duties on October 3, 2012.

For further information contact:

Professor Richard Roberts
[email protected]