Mr Paul Townsend - Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President

Paul Townsend is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President of Monash University. He oversees:

  • business strategy
  • financial management
  • funding and investments
  • Monash capital works programs (worldwide).

A highly-qualified commercial executive, Mr Townsend has an extensive record in capital management, equity and debt capital market activities, including substantial experience as a CFO within ASX listed companies.

Prior to his appointment at Monash University, Mr Townsend’s career encompassed a variety of executive roles and industries, including:

  • CFO of Asaleo Care (2012 to 2017);
  • CFO of Pacific Hydro (2010 to 2012);
  • CFO of Futuris Automotive Group (2004 to 2010);

He has also held accounting and management roles at Ernst & Young and KPMG.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne University of Technology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.


Finance information for staff is available on the Finance Services intranet.


Mr Chiat Lim
Executive Assistant
Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President 
Room G03, Chancellery Building 3C
34 Exhibition Walk
Clayton, Victoria, 3800
Telephone: +61 3 9905 2004