A new chief executive has been appointed at the Royal College of GPs.
Neil Hunt, who formerly held the same title at the Alzheimer's Society, has proven experience in working at and developing charity organisations, including 11 years at children's charity NSPCC.
During his time at the Alzheimer's Society, Mr Hunt led campaigns to raise the charity's public profile and its influence with government as well as more than double its revenue from £27m to £59m.
Other posts Mr Hunt has held include secondments to the Home Office and the Department of Education, where he headed a number of strategic programmes.
His expertise includes: health policy and strategy formulation, systems reviews, business development, operational leadership, fundraising.
He will join the organisation in January 2011, succeeding current Chief Executive Hilary De Lyon.
Neil Hunt said: "The government white paper and the increasingly complex environment of general practice make this an exciting time to be joining the college. I have a lifelong commitment to health and am strongly attracted to the mission and goals of the RCGP.
"I look forward to leading the senior management team and staff of the college to deliver results and serve the needs of the college's 42,000 members."