WCPT Executive Board

WCPT's Executive Board is elected by WCPT member organisations and consists of the President, Vice President and a member from each region.

The President and Vice President are elected at the WCPT General Meeting held every four years. Regional Executive Board members are elected by their region and confirmed at the WCPT General Meeting.

The Executive Board meets at least once annually to conduct the business of WCPT, consistent with the Confederation's Articles of Association and the policy directions of the General Meeting.

Members of the WCPT Executive Board can be contacted at eb@wcpt.org

Emma Stokes, President

Emma Stokes is Deputy Head of the Department of Physiotherapy and a Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. She teaches on the university’s entry to practice programmes in Dublin and Singapore. Her research focuses on matters related to professional practice such as leadership in the profession. She has been a member of the WCPT Executive Board since 2007 and was elected President in 2015.

Margot Skinner, Vice President

Margot Skinner is a senior lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. A past President and honorary life member of Physiotherapy New Zealand, she has been involved in teaching for over 20 years and key interests include cardiovascular and pulmonary physiotherapy, global health and ethics. A past Chair of her region, she has served on the WCPT Executive Committee since 2007.

Regional members

Esther Munalula Nkandu, Africa

Esther Munalula Nkandu headed the University of Zambia’s Department of Physiotherapy between 2000 and 2013. She is a former President of the Zambia Society of Physiotherapy and former Chair the WCPT Africa region. A bioethicist, she has served on Zambia’s National Health Research Ethics Committee and as visiting Scholar and Coordinator of the Research Ethics Course for the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics Programme in Italy.

Marco Y. C. Pang, Asia Western Pacific

Marco Y. C. Pang is a professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the Associate Director of the University Research Facility in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Marco obtained his BSc in Physical Therapy and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His current research is mainly focused on stroke and geriatric rehabilitation, particularly issues related to bone health and motor function. He has published over 100 journal papers. His research work has appeared in premier journals in the field, including Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Neuroscience. Marco is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal and Associate Editor of Physiotherapy Canada. He is also the Vice President (Research and Publication) of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association.

John Xerri de Caro, Europe

John Xerri de Caro is a Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy in the University of Malta and a previous President of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists. His research interest is physiotherapy educational governance. He has served as a member of the WCPT European Region’s EU Matters and Education Matters working groups, and has been on the WCPT Executive Committee since 2014.

Stacy de Gale, North America Caribbean

Stacy de Gale is senior physiotherapist at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago. She served as Chair of WCPT’s North America Caribbean Region for eight years. She has also been Chairperson of the Physiotherapists’ Board of Trinidad and Tobago and President, Secretary and Public Relations Officer of the Physiotherapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago. She is an advocate for improving public sector physical therapy services in the English speaking Caribbean.

Gabriela Mallma, South America

Gabriela Mallma is a cardiorespiratory physiotherapist at the intensive care unit of the National Institute of Child Health, Peru, and Academic Coordinator and creator of the specialty programme in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy at the Faculty of Medical Technology, National University Federico Villarreal. She is President of the Asociacion Peruana de Terapistas Fisicos, and was an alternate member of the WCPT Executive Committee between 2007 and 2011.