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Paul Clitheroe

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  • Positions:
    • Chair in Financial Literacy - Faculty of Business and Economics
    • Professor - Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Qualifications: BA, SF Fin, CFP, Dip FP Executive Director

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Paul Clitheroe AM is a founding director of ipac securities one of Australia’s leading financial planning firms. Paul and his partners founded ipac in a one room serviced office in 1983 with an investment each of just $20,000 to start the business. His company manages more than $13 billion dollars for clients.

Paul is a leading media commentator on financial issues and is renowned for his ability to explain complex money issues in plain English.  His books have sold over 600,000 copies.   Paul is also a regular radio commentator and writes weekly newspaper columns. Making Money, his weekly newspaper column, appears in 60 regional newspapers. He also writes a column for the Sunday Telegraph, and has published several books. Paul’s books have sold over 600,000 copies, a rare achievement for an Australian non-fiction author.

In February 2004, the Federal Government appointed Paul as Chairman of the Financial Literacy Foundation. This Foundation has established a national strategy to improve the financial skills of all Australians and is now implementing this strategy in schools and the workplace.

All school children from Kindergarten to Year 10 will have the opportunity to learn money skills in core subjects. Over 1 million people have visited the understanding money website or requested a hard copy of the understanding money workbook.

In 2008, the Rudd Government announced the transfer of Financial Literacy to ASIC. Paul continues to Chair the Financial Literacy Board.

Last year Paul was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to the financial sector through the promotion of financial literacy and to the community.

Over two decades ipac has grown significantly and now manages in excess of $7 billion with the partnership owning similar businesses in South-East Asia, South Africa and Dublin.
Paul is also known for being the host of Channel Nine’s Money program and for his money segments on A Current Affair.

Paul has been a media commentator and conference speaker for more than 15years. He is regarded as the leading expert in personal investment strategies.  As a keynote presenter, he has the knack of being able to use simple language to explain complex information. His continuing and widespread presence in the industry and surrounding media has now seen Paul appear in Money Management’s most influential list.

Affiliations / activities

  • Chairman - Ipac securities
  • Chairman - Australian Government Financial Literacy Board
  • Chairman -Money Magazine, Recording Artists Actors & Athletes Against Drink Driving
  • Council Member - Philanthropy Australia