Dr. Peter Donnelly appointed as President and CEO
August 6, 2014 – I am pleased to announce that the PHO Board of Directors has successfully completed its extensive search and that Dr. Peter Donnelly has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2014.
Dr. Donnelly is currently Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he established and leads public health medicine research and teaching. From 2004 to 2008 he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer to the Scottish Government, providing senior leadership and coordination at a national level. His experience includes national planning for communicable disease control and pandemic and emergency preparedness, as well as a range of public health promotion initiatives in areas such as tobacco control legislation, alcohol policy and sexual health. As the Director of Public Health in two jurisdictions, he was responsible for the delivery of local public health services and programs.
A graduate of Edinburgh Medical School, Donnelly is an active researcher and lecturer in many areas of public health, with a focus on health systems governance and on violence reduction. He is involved with numerous national and international associations, including the international editorial board of Public Health, the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance, the New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund, and the UK Faculty of Public Health (past vice-president). He was the past president of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health. He is a medically qualified public health specialist with multiple degrees and credentials, including masters in both business administration and public health, and a research doctorate.
Donnelly brings substantial experience and leadership in government and public health program development and delivery at the local, national and international levels. His strong research and academic background will further enhance PHO’s public health research mandate, and he has a proven record of management and effectiveness in large, complex organizations. He is an energetic and dynamic leader and innovator and we are delighted that he will join PHO. Until he assumes his role, Vice-President, Science and Public Health George Pasut and Vice-President, Corporate Services and Human Resources Donna Marafioti will continue to act in their interim roles as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively.
We look forward to introducing him to you and continuing to work with you to advance our vision of internationally-recognized evidence, knowledge and action for a healthier Ontario.
Chair, PHO Board of Directors