From the CEO's desk: New year, new challenges

Greetings again from Bangkok. December has been a much more settled and routine month, as we get to grips with the various administrative and logistics aspects of the WONCA Secretariat, but my special thanks go to my Chief Admin Officer, Dr Nongluck, who has been a massive strength and support throughout.

Photo: Chief Admin Officer, Nongluck, can be contacted on manager@wonca.net

We have had a steady stream of Direct member applications, which is great, and a fantastic way to individually support the work of WONCA. We expect many more applications leading up to the early bird conference registration deadline of February 19, for Prague – Direct Members get a discount on conference fees, which makes it very worthwhile.

More about joining as a WONCA Direct Member

January is a busy time for the Secretariat as we prepare and send out the annual invoices to our Member Organizations. We have also used this opportunity to try to get up to date contact information from the organizations so that we can maintain better contact with them, but it is a constant struggle. We urge any organisation which appoints any new officer to let us know so that we can amend our records accordingly.

Of course the next six months will be especially busy, leading up to the World Council in June. As this will be the current Secretariat’s first World Council we are only too aware of how much work has to be done, but we have worked out our time lines and hope to be well prepared by June.

On a final note, we have already welcomed a couple of WONCA visitors to our new Secretariat offices, and would welcome anyone visiting Bangkok to make contact and come in and see us. The February Core Executive meeting will be in Bangkok so we look forward to welcoming our President, Rich Roberts, President-elect Michael Kidd and Treasurer Francine Lemire to the new HQ.

From all of us in the Secretariat we wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to meeting many of you in Prague.

Garth Manning
CEO
 
For more about the setting up of a new WONCA office see Interview with the new WONCA CEO
 

Secretariat contact details

CEO: ceo@wonca.net
Chief Admin Officer: manager@wonca.net
Admin: admin@wonca.net
Accounts: accounts@wonca.net
 
Our address:
12A-05 Chartered Square Building,
152 North Sathon Road,
Silom, Bangrak,
Bangkok 10500,
Thailand
 
Phone: +66 2 637 9010
Fax: +66 2 637 9011