Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) chief executive Philip Kewin has decided to step down from his position after four years at the helm of the industry body.
Kewin nominated now as the right time to hand over the leadership of the AFA as the organisation prepares for the latest round of policy and regulatory reform.
“With new president Michael Nowak on board and solid foundations for the association’s future now in place, the time is right for me to pass the baton,” he said.
“I am extremely proud of my achievements at the AFA, in particular the way we have represented advisers during what is undoubtedly the most challenging period the profession has ever experienced.
“I would like to thank the AFA team for continuing to deliver outcomes that any large team would be proud of, our volunteer brigade of Communities of Practice for continuing to build the AFA community, our AFA partners for their unwavering support for advice and, of course, our AFA members who continue to demonstrate endurance and resilience in unprecedented times to deliver great outcomes for their clients.”
AFA policy and professionalism general manager Phil Anderson has been appointed acting chief executive while the recruitment process for Kewin’s replacement takes place.
Kewin’s achievement in raising the effectiveness and professionalism of the industry body’s advocacy was acknowledged by AFA president Michael Nowak.
“Phil has advanced the AFA’s reputation as an influential professional body and we are fortunate that he leaves us with a larger member base and with enhanced relationships with the government and regulators,” Nowak said.
“Advisers have had no bigger advocate than Phil. His championing of adviser and member well-being was most significantly demonstrated by the establishment of AFA Care, which he initiated. While we will miss him, we thank him for all his efforts.”