Paul was resident at Emmanuel College from 1972–1974, studying a dual degree Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics.
Paul is probably best known as a very successful rugby union player and has an impressive rugby family tree. Doug McLean Senior represented Australia with the Wallabies in 1904/1905. Doug had three sons and three grandsons who also played for Australia. His fourth son, Bob McLean, had two sons who won Test caps: Jeff McLean and Paul McLean.
Paul was the most feted and successful footballer of the McLean family. He was capped 31 times by the Wallabies between 1974 and 1982 either at fullback or more frequently at fly half. Widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest fly-halves, he starred for both the Brothers Club and Queensland and also had the honour of leading his country against Fiji in 1980.
He notched an impressive 263 points in his Test career and posted his 1000th point for Queensland in his 100th appearance in the final match of Queensland Rugby’s centenary year in 1982.
Paul was President of Brothers Rugby Club 1987–1991, of Queensland Rugby Union 1999–2005, and was President of the Australian Rugby Union from 2005 to 2009.
Paul McLean was known for his composure under pressure and his goal kicking accuracy. He is also widely acknowledged as one of the key figures in re-establishing the credibility of not only Australian Rugby but also Queensland Rugby.
In his career off the field, Paul joined Savills in March 1990 as Director of Commercial Leasing in Brisbane. Following that he was Director – Agency in 2001 and Managing Director in 2002. Paul was appointed Executive Chairman of Savills Australia in July 2006. Following this, Paul became Chief Executive, Australia, in January 2009 and Managing Director of Queensland in Jan 2013. Paul was responsible for overseeing Savills’ national operations, employing more than 800 staff. He was also an Executive Committee member of Savills Asia Pacific Limited. Paul left Savills in February 2017 and will continue to contribute in an advisory role. He is a director with Youngcare and with the Australian Rugby Union.