Dr Grant Davidson

Grant Davidson joined the New Zealand General Practice as its Chief Executive in May 2020 – inheriting an empty office and a team working from home as a result of Covid-19.

Grant joins the New Zealand Rural General Practice at a pivotal time for the health sector, and for rural healthcare professionals in particular.

Grant has a proven track record in building high-performing teams and trusted networks across stakeholders, including the public and commercial sectors, tangata whenua and community-based organisations. He is a values-based leader and is trained in the facilitation of a range of leadership, performance and organisational development models.

Grant has led significant organisational transformations, is skilled at delivering results within complex operating environments and has proven abilities in financial management.

Grant joins the NZRGPN from his previous role as the Chief Executive of Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation providing on-job training for over 6,000 trainees per year in sport, fitness, recreation, snowsports and performing arts.

Over Grant’s career, he has held a range of chief executive and senior leadership roles, has worked as a university lecturer and has set up and run his own businesses, including a private consultancy in safety and risk management.

Grant has extensive governance experience across the sports, outdoor education, research, industry training, and safety and audit sectors. He holds certification as a company director from the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Grant has been a Fulbright Scholar, holds a PhD from Waikato University’s School of Management Studies, a Master Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a BSc from Auckland University. He has been awarded the Queen’s Commemorative Medal for services to outdoor education.

He is a keen outdoorsman with a passion for rockclimbing. Grant lives in Brooklyn, Wellington.