Francis Klonowski CFPTM
Chartered FCSI had over 40 years of a portfolio career before the term became fashionable. Running parallel to a career that began in the priesthood, detoured to the hospitality sector and culminated at Klonowski & Co financial planning, was his lifelong ambition to work in radio or journalism – a goal he achieved via his hobby as a hospital radio presenter at Radio Allerton, at Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds.
“I left school in Sheffield at the age of 11 to attend a Catholic seminary with the intention of becoming a priest, but left around two years before what would have been my ordination. I had already begun my theology degree at Durham University, from which I graduated in 1975, but my interests lay elsewhere. I wanted to go into radio journalism or presenting but couldn’t find a way into it, and eventually decided to stay in catering (a sector I’d worked in during university holidays), moving to Leeds in 1978 to work for a well-known local firm. In 1989 I abandoned all that for a complete career change to financial services, and eventually started my financial planning firm there in 1996.”
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