Ward, Phillips take out AFA awards


By Megan Tran

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The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has recognised Maxim Private Wealth adviser Michael Ward as the winner of its 2017 Excellence in Education Award, while honouring industry veteran Godfrey Phillips with the Michael Murphy Award for contribution to the AFA.

The Excellence in Education Award selects recipients based on their commitment to professional development, which is judged on four criteria – formal education, practical application of that education, contribution to the profession through education and contribution to their community through education.

AFA general manager for member services partnerships and campus Nick Hakes said Ward was at the forefront of a new frontier in adviser education.

“He has not only invested in formal education and succeeded academically, but has also invested in and succeeded in developing the high level client focus and coaching self-development skills that clients value so highly,” Hakes said.

Daniel Waller, executive manager for award sponsor Asteron Life, said Ward was recognised for his energy and commitment to ongoing education, which would raise the quality of his advice, inspire his peers and help strengthen the profile of the advice profession.

Given the high calibre of this year's finalists, a highly commended award was also presented to Helen Russo from Brisbane practice Encompass Wealth.

Ward and Russo received education scholarships from Kaplan Professional worth $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Phillips, who received the Michael Murphy Award, has been a member of the association since 1977 and was a representative on numerous industry committees relating to government and policy matters throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The award was named in honour of the late Michael Murphy, who was its inaugural recipient in 2009, and recognises an individual who has provided exceptional service to the AFA and the advice profession.

AFA national president Marc Bineham said Phillips led by example and has mentored many members of the AFA community at various stages of their career.

“Godfrey is an enthusiastic member of the AFA, a profound believer in the value of advice and a strong advocate for advisers,” Bineham said.

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