Melissa King completed a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Marketing at Victoria University before commencing her career in marketing and corporate sponsorship roles. Later during her career she received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New England; a Graduate Certificate of Arts Management and she is a graduate of Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Melissa has worked for some iconic organisations including as the Director of Marketing and Development with the Chartered Secretaries of Australia; as Manager of Sponsorship and Business Relations with the 2007 APEC Task Force, and as Group Manager of Corporate Partnerships at Sydney Opera House. Melissa became CEO of iconic brand Surf Life Saving Australia in July 2015, it’s an organisation she lives and breathes and Melissa genuinely views the organisation’s success as her own.
Born in Far North Queensland, Melissa’s parents were both from Victoria and her father’s career in insurance meant the family travelled and lived in different places overseas. The youngest of three sisters, Melissa spent seven years of her childhood in New Zealand before the family relocated to England where she completed most of her schooling life. When her father retired Melissa returned with her family to Australia but soon after completing university found herself back in the UK. After travelling extensively overseas she finally settled in Sydney. Melissa attributes her nomadic upbringing to some of her key professional skills and in particular to her capacity for resilience.