Neal Fleming began his banking career with the Bank of New Zealand. However in 1934 when the Reserve Bank was becoming established, he was recruited to become one of the original staff members.
In 1956, Mr Fleming became the third Chief Cashier of the Reserve Bank and remained in this position for eleven years. In the mid 1960s, he was a member of the Decimal Currency Board and was directly responsible for the replacement of the old currency with the decimal currency. His signature appears on the first dollar note issue.
From 1967 until his retirement in 1972, Mr Fleming served as adviser to the Bank. He passed away on 22 August 1975, at sixty-four years of age.