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Paul Watson

As Group Executive, Retirement solutions and Advice, Paul makes an invaluable contribution to the development and implementation of the Hostplus strategy with attention paid to post-retirement fund management and retention. He also leads Hostplus’ Financial Planning and Advice group.

With over 25 years’ experience in superannuation and the financial services industry, across a range of business disciplines, Paul has an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of successful organisations.

He has held C-suite and senior executive roles in the public and private sectors, including chief executive and executive director positions and 13 years in the Australian Public Service where his career included positions in a number of central Federal Government agencies where he contributed to the development of policy and the delivery of targeted national and scheme education superannuation campaigns.

Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Leadership Development Program and holds qualifications in financial planning, management and administration.

Role & Key Responsibilities

  • Group Executive, Retirement Solutions and Advice
  • Leads and manages the provision of the end-to-end financial planning and advice solutions and services for Hostplus’ various market segments
  • Develops retirement specific solutions and strategies for post-retirement risk management and mitigation
  • Stewardship, development and management of the Pooled Superannuation Trust (PST) and related services.

Year of appointment

  • 2011

Qualifications and memberships

  • PLD, Executive Education, Harvard Business School, MA, USA
  • Diploma of Management (Financial Services), Macquarie University, NSW
  • Diploma of Financial Planning, Deakin University, VIC
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
  • Fellow, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia
  • Member of FEAL (Fund Executives Assoc. Limited)
  • Member, ASFA Super System Design Policy Council


  • Hostplus Group Executive, Business Growth, Product and Advice
  • Hostplus Executive Manager, Member and Employer Relationships
  • Chief Executive Officer, Military Super
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Australian Reward Investment Alliance
  • Deputy Executive Director, Motor Trades Association of Australia
  • Australian Public Service Senior officer roles in the Departments of Finance, Taxation, ComSuper, Defence and the Attorney Generals Department
 Other Directorships/ appointments


  • FEAL (Fund Executive Assoc. Limited)

Chair, Program Committee

  • FEAL (Fund Executives Assoc. Limited)


  • ASFA Super System Design Policy Council

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