Jandakot Airport

41 Eagle Drive, Jandakot, Western Australia9417 0000

Murrayfield Airport

Murray Field, Nambeelup, Western Australia9581 6222

Let’s get to know Merrilee Greenaway

  1. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
    Years of practice!
  2. How would you describe your day job to a child?
    Helping people find a way to realise their dream of learning to fly.
  3. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
    Professionally: Becoming one of the youngest female Branch Managers of the Commonwealth Bank.
    Personally:  Standing on front of 800 people on stage, being interviewed by Tim Gossage.
  4. What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
    The morning starts with checking the emails from our website which filter through to me and actioning those.
    Throughout the day I usually have a few meetings with other team members and a few meetings with prospective students – either WAAC or private.
    In between the meetings I’m preparing the admin side of the upcoming courses – WAAC, weekend theory, night classes, MEIR, IT etc.
    There are also school expos during the evenings which I attend with some of the instructors. Currently my focus is on the next WAAC intake.
  5. What three words would you use to describe your role?
    Challenging, Exciting, Rewarding.
  6. If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be?
    Travel writer/critic. Would love to get paid to travel around the world year round.
  7. What is on your wish list for your next five years here?
    Continued health for my family; 2 – 3 overseas holidays (New Zealand is on the list).
  8. What are your biggest professional challenges?
    Allowing others to express views before jumping in and adding my 2 cents worth!
    Gaining respect in an industry I’m relatively new to – a work in progress!
  9. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
    Not making a political statement, but Julie Bishop. She is highly intelligent, worldly, is at ease mixing with royalty, world leaders and the homeless, whilst not afraid to put people in their place if need be.
  10. If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?
    Temperature in main reception area
  11. What do you like most about your job?
    Being paid to talk! But seriously, talking with prospective students and helping them achieve their personal goals of beginning their journey to learn to fly.
  12. What advice would you give to recent new entrants?
    Work hard to achieve your dreams
  13. What’s your most memorable embarrassing moment?
    Telling Matthew Pavlich (ex Fremantle Dockers Captain and some would say legend) it was a good idea to go to Uni as well as play football so that there was a Plan B in WHEN he got injured. I think it was his first year at Fremantle and it was in a work environment, not a social one, so can’t blame the champagne!
  14. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
    Honestly, can’t remember specifics – it happens regularly – usually people doing stupid things.
  15. What is your motto or personal mantra?
    3 poems I was taught in grade 7 – all with similar messages, but basically, do the best job that you can do and don’t have any regrets. 1. If by Rudyard Kipling; 2. Be The Best of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch; 3. Myself by Edgar Guest
  16. What’s your favourite blog?
    Ummm, I’ve never read one….. does that make me old and uncool?
  17. What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
    QANTAS fitness step counter or something – sounded like a good way to accrue FF points, too cold and dark to walk in the mornings or by the time I get home
  18. Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
    Donald Trump – to see what really goes on inside that head!
  19. What’s your favourite line from a film?
    “Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave” (Penguins of Madagascar)
  20. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Hazelnut whirls (Cadbury chocolate – they used to come in a big box all to themselves, now only 2 per box of Roses or Milk Tray!)

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