Paul Wheelton’s life changed when he was studying and pumping petrol at Box Hill on the school holidays, when Bob Ansett went in and said ‘What are you doing, Paul? Paul told him that he was going to study Commerce at Melbourne University. Bob Ansett said that he had a growing company (Budget Rent A Car Founder) and he wanted to get some graduates in. “How would you like to come and work for me full time and do your course part-time?” Ansett asked. That’s exactly what happened.
Paul Wheelton was chief accountant and ran head office for 13 years. Now Paul owns Australia’s biggest Budget franchise group and devotes 80% of his time as a humble and deeply committed Philanthropist. Paul will share his journey as an entrepreneur turned philanthropist, with the insights and wisdom he has acquired along the way.
Paul Wheelton is the CEO & Chairman of The Wheelton Group, Chairman of the Licensee Council Budget Rent a Car, Chairman of Life Education Victoria, Chairman of the Bali Children Foundation, Director of Box Hill Hawks FC, Deputy Chairman of Life Education Australia, Deputy Chairman-Victorian Branch Order of Australia Association, and holds several Board and Chair positions for not for profits in Australia and internationally. In 2010 Paul was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to children through a variety of charities including Life Education Australia,Variety, Marsh Foundation and Bali Children’s Foundation.