Governance Bio
Melanie Templeton
Appoint Professional

Melanie Templeton

2 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Non Governmental Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I am motivated by the transformational impact of emerging tech, specifically on consumer trends, business strategy, environmental or social outcomes and the direction it will take industries in the future. I bring a valuable marketing and branding focus to strategy discussions, and a risk/opportunity management focus to decision-making.”


Governance Roles

Committee member

Inland Revenue - Risk and Assurance Committee (RAC)

May 2017 - Present (1 years)

The IR RAC was established to provide independent advice and insight to the Commissioner for IR. It does this by reviewing the risk management framework and systems of internal control and audit and the subsequent reports, as well as reviewing external audit annual plan and reports . It works to an annualised calendar of meetings, presentations and briefings from key responsible managers within IR to form conclusions to provide to the Commissioner.


Center for Space Science Technology Ltd

April 2017 - Present (1 years)

The Centre for Space Science Technology is the first Regional Research Institute in NZ. It received $15m in seed funding from MBIE to establish and grow the entity over the next three years with the aim of becoming commercially sustainable through the development of earth observation data - based products and solutions specific to industry needs to drive regional economic prosperity.

Commercial Director

Regen NZ Ltd

June 2016 - Present (2 years)

As Commercial director of this promising subscription based tech led business, scale is key, and my role has been to develop and now to implement an ambitious commercial strategy that includes a $1m+ capital raise, international growth plan, new product development, and a Callaghan co-funded project to expand the service to crops in order to take advantage of the growing issue the world faces around water shortages. This is a hands on Commercial role to move the business from a fledgling to a multi-national.

Board Chair


April 2016 - Present (2 years)

PledgeMe is successful growth stage Fintech that has so far facilitated over $26m in equity investments and $8m of that in NZ companies last year alone. We have just completed a successful capital raise to support the growth strategy and this year launched into Australia.

Executive Director

Regen NZ Ltd

March 2016 - Present (2 years)

Regen is a 6yr old “first to market” award winning Agritech Company that currently provides irrigation decision support to farmers on over 18,000Ha of irrigated pasture. Key clients include NgaiTahu, Dairy Holdings and Wairakei Estate.

Council Member, Diversity and Inclusion Council

Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group

February 2013 - Present (5 years)

A member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council of Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group responsible for developing and steering the Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the bank.

Chair/Project Executive

Rabobank International Direct Banking

August 2012 - Present (6 years)

Chairing the project board of the global business line to roll out a new €6m Call Centre tool to 5 banks across Europe and Australasia

Managing Director and business founder/owner

Major Ltd, trading as Serrano's

September 1992 - October 2001 (9 years)

Managing director of hospitality management business operating 2 profitable restaurant/cafes in the Wellington region and providing consulting services to businesses in the industry.

Executive Roles

Group Executive RANZG - interim

Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group (RANZG)

September 2015 - May 2016 (8 months)

As Group Executive I represented the online retail liabilities businesses of RaboDirect Online Banking across Australia and New Zealand, with a combined P&L approx. $75m, annual deposit volumes approx. $2.5B, 110 FTE. The role included contributing to governance of regional strategy, business wide operations, projects, people and initiatives.

Global Management Team Member, GM RaboDirect NZ

RaboDirect New Zealand

February 2012 - August 2015 (3 years)

Collectively oversaw the €200m global P&L of our 5 online banks (3xEu, 2xOceania) under a shared services model. Balancing local and global business requirements, including investments into global v local IT projects, determining our business transformation direction and what strategies should be adapted and developed to deliver sustainable success. As GM RaboDirect NZ, I led the online banking business for Rabobank in NZ. With a P&L of up to $35m and staff of 40-50, I led strategy development, restructuring of the business, marketing, operations, systems and customer experience. During that time, as part of my global role within the bank, I also led several significant IT projects, including a core system replacement and a global CRM system role out.

Head of Marketing

September 2009 - February 2012 (2 years)

Transformation of the marketing department to support the new business strategy and meet the required 300% yr on yr growth target. Developed new brand and market proposition, exceeded all targets and won multiple advertising awards.

Marketing Project Manager, New Markets

Rabobank International Direct Banking

November 2006 - August 2009 (2 years)

Opening of new online banks into the Australian and Polish markets. Leading the marketing stream to develop an online bank, ready to open with staff, marketing strategy, creative advertising campaigns, budgets, planning, customer services and operations. Researching consumers, developing the product and service offerings suitable for that market based on the existing model, and going to market with a new bank in that country.

Managing Director/Business owner

Major Ltd, trading as Serrrano's

May 1992 - December 2001 (9 years)

Owner, Maitre d' and manager of 2 successful hospitality businesses (Café Bodega 1993-1996, and Serrano’s restaurant 1996-2001), as well as consultant to other hospitality businesses in the area. 


Massey University

Bachelor of Business Information, Business and Technology, majoring in Marketing and Communications

1999 - 2004

Napier University

HND Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management, Hospitality Management

1984 - 1987