Marion Fulker is the CEO at the Committee for Perth, a private-sector funded think-tank. With the region’s population expected to grow to 3.5 million people by 2050, the Committee undertakes research and proposes solutions to maintain Perth’s high levels of liveability and improve its global competitiveness. She is also the winner of the 2016 Telstra Business Women Award Western Australian For Purpose And Social.
What did you want to be when you left school? Did you study?
I left school before the end of Year 11 with just a School Certificate in my hand and no real idea of what I wanted to be. Having sat the entry exams of three of the major banks, I joined the Commonwealth Bank as a trainee teller. That led to a career in the IT industry during its halcyon days. I have predominately been in the not for profit sector for the past two decades. I got my first CEO role at 39 without university qualifications however undertook an MBA on a part-time basis not long after.
What do you believe was the best decision you made in business?
To lead public discourse from an evidence base rather than discussion based on heresay and anecdotes.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
A lack of self-belief, I meet too many women who spend a lot of time second guessing themselves despite being very capable.
Who do you look up to in business? Who inspires you?
In my role I get to work with some of the best people in business, community and government. I am inspired by those who have a sense of purpose, a keen intellect and a generosity of spirit.
What was the best advice that you have been given?
Experience is what you get when things don’t go your way.
Other than your role with Committee for Perth what other hats do you wear?
I am the Chair of the Conservation and Parks Commission, a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and mentor and coach to many.
When you think of your journey, what is the thing you are most proud of?
Taking a visible leadership position on reconciliation and gender equality.
What is your favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I love to cook and plan holidays around places with great food and wine.