AFA CEO Resigns – Permanent Replacement Announced


AFA CEO, Helen Morgan-Banda, has resigned her position and will return to New Zealand.

News of Morgan-Banda’s departure was released to AFA members by the association’s National President, Sam Perera, who also announced that the AFA Board has asked its GM Policy and Professionalism, Phil Anderson, to take on the added responsibilities of CEO.

Well-known AFA GM Policy & Professionalism, Phil Anderson …confirmed as the AFA’s permanent new CEO

Perera advises that Morgan-Banda’s resignation takes immediate effect, as does Anderson’s elevation, which Perera has confirmed is a permanent appointment.

In his message to members, Perera referred to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding access to New Zealand and between states in Australia because of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly the Omicron variant, as the reason Morgan-Banda has decided to travel to Melbourne to be close to family located there, before returning to her family in New Zealand, when border restrictions allow.

Morgan Banda took on the role of AFA CEO at the beginning of August 2021 (see: AFA Announces New CEO), and was described at the time as an accomplished CEO of member associations, having joined the AFA from her role as CEO of the Law Society of New Zealand. and previously as CEO of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Perera notes this Anderson acted as the association’s CEO for nearly six months in 2021, following the departure of former CEO, Phil Kewin, and that he is sure Anderson will settle back into this position quickly.


  1. Great start to 2022.You would have thought how COVID would impact her family would have been a consideration in the first place. The rumor abounds that there was division in the original selection process in any event-perhaps the Board could sort that out this time – if there is a next time

  2. Congratulations to Phil Anderson who deserves the position of CEO of the AFA, as he is the most credentialed, trusted and been at the forefront of AFA and regulatory discussions with Government. Phil’s forensic approach, understanding and communicating the changing regulatory requirements to the AFA membership in a timely manner has been outstanding. Well deserved and good luck Phil. I’m sure you will have the full backing of the AFA members.

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