Matthew Wright departs FPA Australia

Posted on : Friday, 31 January 2020

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) announces Matthew Wright's departure as General Manager - Technical Services/Deputy CEO, effective 7 February 2020.


Matthew has served with FPA Australia since October 2010, and during that time has been a critical part of the Association's growth. He has played a central role in most of the Association's major achievements over the past decade, including the expansion of the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme, the inclusion of residential sprinklers in the National Construction Code, and advocacy resulting in improvement of standards and legislation too numerous to mention.


Matthew's advocacy has raised the profile and influence of FPA Australia, and improved engagement with the industry. He is highly respected by his peers, evidenced by his frequent appearances on conference programs, industry forums and in the media on behalf of FPA Australia. His ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders in government and industry has opened many doors for the fire protection sector.


"For the past decade, Matthew has championed the drive for effective regulations and improved professional competence and practice in the fire protection industry. He has made a great contribution to the industry during his time with FPA Australia," FPA Australia's CEO Scott Williams said on behalf of the Association.


"His passion for the industry and for life safety outcomes is clear to all who work with him, and his belief in the value and responsibility of the Association's work has been an inspiration to his colleagues."


"While we will miss him, we are sure Matthew will continue to contribute to the safety of the community with the same passion in his new role. We thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best."


The FPA Australia Board also thanks Matthew for his many years of service to the Association and his commitment to professionalisation and improvement of the fire protection industry.


Matthew will move to a new senior position in the growing Australian and New Zealand division of global safety science company UL.