RAYMOND GRIFFIN MBA (Exec.) Dip FS (FP) GAICD
Ray Griffin is a Director of Baiocchi Griffin Private Wealth Pty Ltd at Tamworth and within the financial planning profession, is one of Australia’s best-known and most influential financial planners. He is a past Chairman and Life Member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and a past winner of the Money Management Australian Financial Planner of the Year Award. In 2003 he served as Chairman of the International Council of Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) a 22 country organisation headquartered in the United States. He was the first non-American to hold that position.
Ray has operated a very successful financial planning business for more than twenty years, and for most of that time he held his own Australian Financial Services Licence and operated on a “fee for service” model.
He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and the Diploma of Financial Services. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Over many years Ray has been a regular commentator for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald Money, Financial Planning magazine, Money Management magazine and My Wealth magazine, and has been interviewed by leading financial planning journals in the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Africa and New Zealand. For very many years he conducted radio segments on ABC radio and commercial radio. From 2004 to 2011 he authored a column for Money Management titled ’The Idealist’.
On the International Council of Certified Financial Planners, in 2001 he chaired the international council’s Strategic Planning Task Force and led the transition of the then United States centric body to become a truly global entity in both structure and governance. His leadership at that international forum eventually saw the launch of the global Financial Planning Standards Board (FPSB) in 2005, in London. The 2010 publication on the history to date of FPSB cites his leadership and guidance in bringing about the changes required for the United States body to relinquish world-wide ownership of the CFP® trademarks.
Ray has also made a significant contribution to charity, including co-founding the annual Corners for Kids Motorcycle Rally which by 2012 had raised more than $650,000 for the children’s charities and in particular, the Inspire Foundation’s Reachout! Program which aims to help curb. He instigated the establishment of Future2 Foundation, the charitable foundation of the financial planning profession in Australia and is one of its founding directors.
Ray is also Non-Executive Chairman of AdviserVoice Pty Limited which provides information and ongoing professional development services to the financial planning profession.