The resignation of Royal College of GPs’ chief executive Helen Morgan-Band was announced by the College board on Nov 21 who said the resignation was effective from November 19.

Morgan-Banda is understood to have been on ‘gardening leave’ since soon after the former College president Dr Tim Malloy announced his resignation in late August for health reasons.

The Board thanked Morgan-Banda for her service to the College since her appointment as CEO since 2012. “We would like to thank Helen for her work on behalf of the College and its members during a time of significant change in the sector, and wish her well for the future.”

It added that acting chief executive Terina Moke was to retain the acting CEO role while the College Board, and new president Dr Samatha Murton, “considered options for the future leadership of the operational team”.

Moke joined the College in 2015 as General Manager Learning and had health sector experience as CEO of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) – Māori Medical Practitioners Association, working in Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development), the mental health foundation, and the (now disestablished)  Alcohol Advisory Council.

Morgan-Banda, who started her career in journalism, joined the College in October 2011 as general manager of membership services after working at AMP New Zealand as General Manager of Corporate Affairs on a fixed-term contract.  Previous other roles have included working as strategic communications manager  in Prime Minister Helen Clark’s Office in 2006-07.

Her Linkedin page says she is now working as a consultant in areas including interim  management, strategy development and strategic corporate affairs and communication.

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