June 13, 2014 — The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has announced the appointment of Richard Brown, DC, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, in the United Kingdom as its next secretary-general from July 1, 2015. He will succeed David Chapman-Smith, who retires from this position at that time but will remain in a transitional role for one year until June 2016.
Brown, who will be moving to Toronto, Canada, to take up the position, is a 1990 graduate of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) and also holds a master of laws degree from Cardiff University. He served as president of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) from 1009-2013 and has a broad academic experience as a lecturer at AECC and the University of Glamorgan, as a member of the AECC Board of Governors from 2006-2011, and as secretary-general of the European Academy of Chiropractic.
Since 1999, Brown has been in private chiropractic practice as owner and clinic director of a large multidisciplinary practice in Stroud. He served as a chiropractor in the medical team in the Polyclinic in the Athletes’ Village at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also has extensive experience as an expert witness in regulatory fitness for practice hearings and clinical negligence litigation, drawing upon his combined qualifications in law and chiropractic.
Increasingly recognized as one of the profession’s foremost young leaders, Brown has become well-known internationally as an invited lecturer in many countries and world regions.
“We are most excited to have someone of Dr. Brown’s outstanding abilities, character, and proven leadership experience to carry the WFC forward during the next decade,” WFC President Greg Stewart, DC, of Canada, said. “Although the search process produced five highly talented final candidates at interview, his selection was unanimous by both the search committee and WFC Council.”
Chapman-Smith added his endorsement, as well.
“In Richard, I see a person with exactly the qualities the WFC now needs and that I hoped my successor would have. He is a man of many talents, a true spirit of service, strong communication skills, and a profound understanding of the international profession and the direction it and the WFC should take for future success.”
Brown is married with two adult daughters. He is a keen soccer fan and combines his enthusiasm with providing chiropractic services to two professional teams in the English Football League. He enjoys writing and is a keen motorcyclist. In preparation for his move to Canada, Brown has sold his practice and plans to volunteer chiropractic services to an underserved community through World Spine Care during the first half of 2015.