Governance Bio
Melissa Davies
Appoint Professional

Melissa Davies

3 Years
Paid Roles Only
Ngāi Tahu / Kāi Tahu

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Council Controlled Organisation
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“Strong structured corporate background across strategy, sales, marketing, and operations, which has given a solid foundation of experience in running successful commercial entities and complying with the board reporting and governance requirements of significant private sector business, listed companies and public sector. Director of 3 businesses.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Independent Director (Elected)

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce

September 2019 - Present (9 months)

Established in 1859, the Chamber exists to help local businesses improve their enterprises and to ensure our (approximately) 2,900 members can operate in a business-friendly environment.

Board Subcommittee - Commercial

New Zealand Rugby

August 2019 - Present (10 months)

Founded in 1892, New Zealand Rugby aims to be a world-leading sports organisation, helping all of rugby to be the best it can be.

Independent Director

Motus Health

April 2019 - Present (1 years)

Motus is a network of highly qualified physiotherapy and health service providers across the South Island.

Associate Director

Lyttelton Port Company

September 2018 - Present (1 years)

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd is a vital link for national and international shipping with 14 container-shipping lines and nine shipping services providing direct connection all over the world. It is the South Island’s largest Port and Container Terminal.


Canterbury A&P Association

January 2018 - Present (2 years)

The Canterbury A&P Association is a membership based organisation, over 155 years old. The Association's mission is to further the progress of agriculture in Canterbury, this is achieved through the annual Canterbury A&P Show. The Canterbury A&P Show, the largest A&P Show in New Zealand, runs for three days in November.


Push Digital

June 2016 - Present (3 years)

Director for a business providing 24/7 'follow the sun' global IT support business for their global clients.

Executive Roles

General Manager Attraction

WREDA (Grow Wellington)

July 2013 - July 2015 (2 years)

Leading the Business Attraction team, responsible for attracting new businesses, talent, investment/investors and students to Wellington through programs of work and effective in-market campaigns. Responsibilities include developing the overarching strategy for each area of focus and ensuring effective implementation so as to drive the economic growth of the greater Wellington region. This is done through needs based segmentation of global targets, focusing on sectors and geographies where Wellington has a relevant and compelling competitive advantage, as well as designing and implementing effective in-market campaigns to target markets and sectors. Focus sectors are ICT, Screen and Digital, Business Process Outsourcing, Financial Services and Professional Services in Australia, West Coast USA and the UK. Student attraction focus throughout Asia.

Head of Strategic Marketing and Merchandise

Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety

May 2011 - October 2012 (1 years)

Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety division is a publically listed company with turnover of $AU 1.4 Billion and is Australia and New Zealand's market leader for industrial and safety supplies and services. Responsible for all strategic marketing which included leading the coordination and achievement of all marketing, category and publications activities to deliver significant profitable growth. Project Lead for the Range Project, developed methodology for range management and new product introduction, development of tools to enable substantial category growth, including range expansion. Leading 8 direct reports and a total team of 25, comprised of the National Category Managers, National Marketing division and Publications. Delivered strong financial performance with a sales increase of 19% on prior year, 11% above budget and costs 10% under budget, resulting in very strong EBIT.

Queensland - State Retail Operations Manager

BOC Limited

January 2008 - August 2009 (1 years)

Management of all operations for 15 industrial retail outlets across Queensland. Sole responsibility for revenues >$100M, managing cost centre $25M and inventory circa $8M. Leading a total team of 97, 16 direct reports. Member of the Queensland Leadership Team.

National Major Customer Executive

BOC Limited

January 2005 - January 2008 (3 years)

Management of 15 National Key Accounts key accounts each with diverse core business, geographic complexities and unique demands. Develop and maintain strong relationships with all key decision makers, influencers and stakeholders within the customer’s organisation. Large contract negotiation. Tender response preparation, control and offer development. Strategic account planning to grow sales and drive successful implementation of strategies. Lead change and drive focus of supporting organisational functions toward development of solutions in response to customer needs and changing market conditions. Establish and lead project teams and working groups to manage and resolve business issues. Member of the NSW Leadership team contributing to regional management including strategic and tactical planning.


Institute of Directors New Zealand

Certificate in Company Direction (CDC), Governance

2018 - 2018

Six Sigma

Green Belt, Process Excellence

2010 - 2010

Institute of Executive Coaching

Executive Coach L1, Executive Coaching

2009 - 2009

Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) - Sydney


2006 - 2008

Sales and Marketing Executives International

Diploma in Sales Management, Sales Leadership and Management

2000 - 2003

CPIT (Ara Institute of Technology)

Mechanical Engineering Trade Skills , BMETS

1997 - 1997