AFA 2018 National Adviser Conference

AFA Board Executive Signs on For Another Two Years

The AFA Board Executive will remain unchanged following the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the President, Vice President and Treasurer opting to retain their roles for another two years.

AFA National President, Marc Bineham

AFA Board National President, Marc Bineham told journalists at the AFA’s National Adviser Conference that he, National Vice President, Michael Nowak and Treasurer, David Slovenic had chosen to serve another two-year term to provide some continuity during a period of ongoing change.

“Given the changes to education, the issues coming from the Royal Commission it was agreed that we should keep some consistency at the Board level. We did not want to leave a new board to deal with these issues as that would be unfair,” Bineham said.

Following the AGM, the AFA also announced the appointment of Glen James as NSW/ACT State Director and Patricia Garcia as Queensland State Director, replacing Jeff Thurecht and Tim Ross, respectively.

James is an adviser and Managing Director of Fortify Financial on the NSW Central Coast and Garcia is a Director and adviser with WB Financial Bowen Hills in Queensland and the current AFA Genxt National Chair.

With the new appointments the current members of the AFA Board are:

Executive Directors

  • President – Marc Bineham
  • Vice President – Michael Nowak
  • Treasurer – Dave Slovinec

State Directors

  • NSW/ACT – Glen James
  • VIC – Samantha Robinson
  • QLD – Patricia Garcia
  • SA/NT – Michelle Veitch
  • WA – James Ford
  • TAS – Matthew Hawkins

The Association also named veteran adviser Dugald Mitchell as the recipient of the Michael Murphy Award, which recognises exceptional service to the AFA and the advice profession.

“Dugald is a stalwart of the AFA community and has provided exceptional service to the AFA over many years. Presenting him with the Michael Murphy is our way of thanking him for his valuable contribution to the AFA and to the broader financial advice community,” Bineham said.

The Association also named the recipients of its community awards which recognise levels of service to the AFA.

AFA Appreciation Awards were presented to:

  • Karen Walmsley, Powe Financial Advice
  • Amanda Cassar, Wealth Planning Partners
  • Jawad Ahmed, Mackenzie Strategic Wealth

AFA Recognition Awards were presented to:

  • Mark Stubbings, Sunsuper
  • Niall McConville, TAL Life
  • Olivia Sarah-Le Lacheur, CommInsure

The AFA also awarded the inaugural AFA Thought Leader Award, which represents the pinnacle of the community awards, to Eleanor Dartnall, Focus Wealth Advisers.

AFA Chief Executive, Philip Kewin said the awards were presented to people within the AFA community who demonstrate ‘ongoing and outstanding commitment’ to the advice profession.

“It is our way of saying thank-you to those people who believe in and are passionate about our cause, which is delivering great advice to more Australians,” Kewin added.