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Paul Watson

As Group Executive, Business Growth, Client Relationships and Advice, Paul makes an invaluable contribution to the development and implementation of the Hostplus' strategy, business plans, membership growth and key client relationship objectives. 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, Business Growth, Client Relationships and Advice
  •  Leads new business development and growth initiatives, focussed on key strategic accounts through existing distribution channels and identifying and securing new streams of growth and retention opportunities for the Fund through its PST
  • Leads Hostplus’ key employer and member relationship management and retention initiatives, activities and programs
  • Leads and manages the provision of the end-to-end financial planning and advice solutions and services for Hostplus’ various market segments 
  • Contributes to Hostplus’ product strategy and suite, service delivery and business insights.

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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