Matthew Wright is UL’s Built Environment Manager for Australasia – a position created by UL to spearhead development of UL service offerings tailored to Australia and New Zealand.
With a passion for delivering safety in the built environment, Matthew has held roles implementing and developing requirements and good practice guidance across all building types. This has included collaborating with national and international stakeholders to build relationships and improve outcomes.
As an influential industry advocate, Matthew has achieved meaningful change in legislation, codes and Standards, including strategic generational change to the fire safety strategies of the National Construction Code, as well as frameworks for practitioner competency. He has worked in local government and private industry building surveying, as well as roles with the fire brigade and Australia’s peak fire protection association. Matthew’s current role is focused on championing product safety and certification solutions and providing a conduit to contemporary research responding to emerging trends and hazards, building on UL’s global reputation of integrity, safety science and thought leadership.
Matthew holds a Bachelors Degree in Building Surveying, a Graduate Certificate in Performance Based Building and Fire Codes and a Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety and Risk Engineering. By ministerial appointment Matthew also served two terms as a member on Victoria’s Building Appeals Board and was Fire Protection Association Australia’s inaugural Building Codes Committee representative for the Australian Building Codes Board. Matthew was appointed as one of 5 members of an international jury for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s “Fire and Risk Engineering Award” and presents regularly at industry events.