Media Release – Australian returned to WTGF Presidency for second term

President of the World Transplant Games Federation, Chris Thomas, has been
returned for a second term as President.

The Board of Trustees of the Federation, meeting following the General Assembly of the WTGF during last week’s World Transplant Games in the United Kingdom, returned Mr Thomas unopposed and unanimously.

Under the new Articles of Association, carried by the General Assembly in 2017, the President may now only serve two consecutive terms of four years each.

Mr Thomas, who is also the CEO of Transplant Australia, thanked the Board for entrusting him to lead the Federation for another four years.
“It will be an interesting and challenging four years. The Federation has three significant bodies of work ahead – encouraging more cities to bid for our signature event, the World Transplant Games, improving our membership structures and sustaining our income through sponsorship,” Mr Thomas said.

At the General Assembly held on August 21, the membership, consisting of representatives from more than 56 countries, voted in significant changes to the composition of the Board:

  • Two new trustees joined the Board – Yuhji Marui, a transplant surgeon from Japan and Edith Alejandro Martin Pinto, a medical surgeon from Columbia.
  • Three trustees were returned – Willie Uys from South Africa, Gudrun Manuwald-Seemuller from Germany and Dr Ka-Foon Chau from Hong Kong.

Mr Thomas thanked two outgoing Board members, Mr Olivier Coustere from France and Vicente Granados-Cabezas, for their service.

Mr Granados-Cabezas had over the past four years driven significant membership growth for the Federation. Mr Coustere is a former President of the Federation and had served on the Board for a total of 26 years. He significantly reformed the Federation, introduced the Winter Transplant Games, new membership protocols and further developed relationship with the International Olympic Committee and The Transplantation Society.

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