Dr Ian Pollard
"Coaching to me is a source of considerable fun and professional satisfaction as well as a great learning experience. It's essential that you have fun while you grow."
An actuary by
profession, a Rhodes Scholar and the author of a number of books
on corporate finance, Ian believes everyone has substantial
untapped potential and his objective is to see that
potential unleashed and bear fruit in all his clients, which
is the subject of his last book "Investing in Your Life".
For Ian, everybody is different so every coaching assignment
is treated as special and individual, with no preconceived
formulas or approaches. Seeing his clients achieve their
goals and have fun along the way provides Ian with enormous
pleasure. Ian brings to his coaching assignments expertise
in corporate governance, strategic development, business
planning and capital allocation derived from over 30 years
experience in executive, non-executive and corporate
advisory roles. Ian’s career in the financial services
sector has been particularly diverse, with roles as an
advisor to many institutions in strategic and technical
matters and as a non-executive director of several financial
From 1977 to 1987, Dr Ian Pollard rose through the ranks to
become Managing Director of investment bank, Development
Finance Corporation. In 1984, he founded the investment
company, Development Capital of Australia (DCA) of which he
was Managing Director from 1989 to 1998. During this time,
Ian developed an important and effective role as a coach to
the chief executives of the ‘portfolio companies’.
Ian is currently Chairman or a Director of a number of
substantial public companies. Married with three children,
Ian is a keen tennis player and was once a member of the
Australian Davis Cup squad. His interests include languages,
sport, travel and family pets.