Neil Hunt has said he is looking forward to leading the senior management team and staff at the Royal College of GPs after being appointed its new chief executive.

Mr Hunt, who will succeed Hilary De Lyon in the post in January 2011, was most recently chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, where he helped raise the profile of the organisation and more than double its revenue from £27m to £59m.

During his career he has worked at the Home Office and the Department of Education, where he used his expertise to lead several strategic initiatives.

He has also spent 11 years at children’s charity the NSPCC in a career that has seen him develop skills in health policy and strategy formulation, business development and fundraising.

With his background, Mr Hunt said he is “strongly attracted” to the mission and goals of the RCGP and will strive to “deliver results and serve the needs of the college’s 42,000 members”.