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Sam Davis


021 663 831


B.Sc (Hons) (University of Canterbury)

ME (Managment) (Distinction) (University of Canterbury)




Sam Davis



Sam's primary role is as Project Director leading major projects for The Project Office. He's currently leading The University of Canterbury earthquake recommendation works.

Sam joined The Project Office in its first few months having always aspired to play a part in owning and building a business. "The Project Office was a chance to be involved from the start and to grow a business that reflects our values and how we want to do business. It's an opportunity to build something special, and to develop strong long-term relationships with local clients".

In Previous Lives

Sam's background is in environmental engineering and resource management. After completing University he spent a number of years working as a consulting engineer in New Zealand and in the UK, before moving into project management on his return to New Zealand in 2004.

Client Projects

Project Dart, NZ Rail

Project Dart was a major upgrade to the Auckland rail network undertaken by NZ Rail, Auckland City Council, Auckland Regional Transport Authority and Auckland Regional Council. Sam's role was to develop the procurement strategy and lead the management of early contract involvement for the development of Newmarket Junction and Grafton stations. Between 2007 and 2009 he led the strategy, tenders, contract negotiations and preparation for construction. Sam was also involved in the preparation and negotiation of funding agreements between NZ Rail, ARTA and ACC for a number of stations.

North Bank Tunnel, Meridian Energy

Sam has worked with Meridian on a number of projects, the most recent being the North Bank Tunnel Project. The North Bank Tunnel Project is Meridian Energy's proposed hydro scheme for the Waitaki River, downstream of the existing Waitaki Dam. The scheme involves taking water from above the dam and running it through a series of canals and tunnels on the north side of the river, before discharging the water back into the Waitaki at Blackpoint.

Throughout 2010, Sam worked on secondment with Meridian's team to establish project management systems and processes for the feasibility design phase for this project

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University of Canterbury

Sam is the Project Director working with the University of Canterbury on their earthquake remediation and facilities re-development, following the recent Canterbury earthquakes.

Working with the University's Capital Projects team, Sam is leading the team responsible for meeting the temporary teaching and learning facilities needs and managing the assessment, repair and upgrade of the University's many multi-storey buildings.

Following the February 2011 earthquake, Sam managed a rapid design and construction process for the development of two temporary learning villages totaling 15,000 sqm. Both villages were up and running between three and six months of inception, allowing students to be relocated from the tents that were being used as temporary lecture space.

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Areas of Specialisation

Project Director

Sam is experienced in working and leading teams on large projects. He maintains the overview of the entire project and establishes assurance processes to manage the progress of large complex projects. He works confidently throughout the life-cycle of a project providing strategy advice and assurance to the client and providing leadership and direction to project teams.


Sam has spent a number of years working with clients to develop procurement strategies to suit specific project requirements and client drivers. He is experienced in working with a number of approaches including Early Contractor and Alliance forms of contract, and experienced with a number of forms of contract including NZS:3910, NEC, and NZIA. Sam always maintains a 'best for project' approach and does not subscribe to a 'one size fits all' attitude.

Project Structuring and Assurance

Having worked on a number of large projects, Sam is experienced in establishing project management structures and systems. He works quickly with the client team to design frameworks and establish systems and processes for managing complex project requirements.

Sam Davis


  • B.Sc (Hons) (University of Canterbury)

  • ME (Managment) (Distinction) (University of Canterbury)

  • PMP 021 663 831