Press Release  Monday, May 17, 2021

Financial Planning Standards Board Names Paul Grimes, CFP, as First Chief Professionalism Officer

DENVER, CO – 17 May 2021 – Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), the organization that leads the global financial planning profession and owns the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the United States, today announced the appointment of Paul Grimes, CFP, as the organization’s first Chief Professionalism Officer. Grimes, based in Ireland, will start his new role effective 1 June.

Grimes will lead the development and positioning of the body of knowledge, professional standards, certification requirements and oversight framework for the global financial planning profession in partnership with the FPSB Professional Standards Committee, the FPSB Network and other stakeholders. He will also drive FPSB’s thought leadership in financial advice professionalism, guide territory-specific application of FPSB’s standards and certification requirements; and oversee the creation of the delivery of FPSB’s education content and certifications internationally.

“As a longtime contributor to, and leader in, the FPSB Network, and CEO of FPSB Ireland for more than 10 years, Paul is well positioned to work with the FPSB Network to lead efforts to shape the future of the global financial planning profession; update and oversee development of our global standards, certification requirements, and related content; and strengthen the FPSB executive leadership team.” said Noel Maye, CEO of FPSB.

Grimes will join the organization after serving in numerous FPSB Network leadership positions including FPSB Ireland CEO; chairperson of the FPSB Council; FPSB Europe chairperson; and as a member of the FPSB Network Member Advisory Group and Chief Executive Committee. In addition, he worked with FPSB on standards setting as a member of the Professional Standards Committee, Global Exam Working Group, Integrated Financial Plan Working Group and Financial Advisor Credential Working Group.

“As an advocate for advancing and promoting financial planning standards, I am honored to serve as FPSB’s first Chief Professionalism Officer,” says Grimes. “FPSB is dedicated to creating a global framework for financial planning professionalism and I look forward to continuing my work with FPSB and its Affiliate Network to establish, uphold and promote worldwide professional standards for financial planning.”

Grimes is currently an associate faculty member at the University College of Dublin, and an independent financial planner, consultant, business coach and trainer at Principal Grimes International Business & Training Sols. A dual national (Australia and Ireland), he earned diplomas in financial planning from Deakin University and Ireland University College Dublin and holds the CFP credential.

About FPSB

FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB and the FPSB global network administer CFP and other certification programs in the following 27 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2020, there were 192,762 CFP professionals worldwide. For more, visit


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