Paul Fleay

Paul Fleay

Chief Executive Officer

Tell us about yourself and how you got here.

I’m a husband, father, brother, son and mate. I like learning, and new challenges, as a result I’ve had an eclectic career. After a science degree and an ever so brief stint as a teacher, I spent eight happy years as the Director of Outreach Programs at Scitech, which involved travelling to, or working with, virtually every community in WA. I then decided on a dramatic change and took a job ‘on the terrace’ as the State Manager of the Tax Institute.  This position, while enjoyable, taught me that I probably need to care more about the work I spend so much time doing – so I was fortunate to get the job with Inclusion WA. Now they can’t get rid of me.

Can you tell us something cool about your local area

I live in Wembley. Other than how central it is and how accessible it is to the beach and the city I think the very coolest thing about it is the brilliant sense of community. I can go for a walk, or pop into the local shops and see people I know. There are street parties, suburb wide Halloween activities, regular community soccer or footy games at the park that everyone is welcome to join and so much more. It feels like a country town!

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

I’m not sure if it’s something to be proud of but it certainly seems to be ‘different’ - I like to make up my own language by placing different emphasis and tone to standard English words. This is done mostly to either annoy or delight my sons - although they have, over time, become somewhat indifferent to my talents. So for example, in my house, rice bubbles for breakfast has become ‘Ricky Buble’ who is a less talented cousin of Michael Buble.

Pretty much the best song in the world is….

There are too many great songs, so I’m going to answer a different question. The only two songs I know all the words to, and have therefore used many times to sing my children to sleep are, somewhat inappropriately, The Gambler (by Kenny Rogers) and Me and Bobby Mcgee (Janis Joplin version). 

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?

Early morning swim on a hot summer day, home for breakkie and a good coffee, watching (or listening to) some test cricket followed by a looong lunch with friends and family.

What is one of your favourite quotes?

My grandfather had a big influence on me. He taught me to ask, in any situation, “What’s the right thing to do, not the easy thing or the comfortable thing, the right thing”. While not exactly a quote I still try to follow that advice.