Sharon Wilson-Davis, CEO, ONZM, Trustee

Sharon Wilson-Davis was raised in Otara by her elderly grandmother, having relocating from the far north of Peria. Sharon left school at the age of fourteen was married at a young age and had four children.

She went on to spend twenty plus years as an owner / operator in the hospitality industry running hotels & nightclubs throughout NZ and Australia.

As Chief Executive Officer, Ms Wilson-Davis has guided the organisation through times of significant change and uncertainty.

Along with her dedicated staff, and a determination to succeed, today Strive Community Trust is a highly respected provider of Social Service’s, Youth Services, Employment, Training, and currently the trust is the largest Transitional Housing Provider in NZ working alongside Government to help end homelessness.

The Trust employs more than 100 full time staff operating from seven service centres throughout South Auckland.

Sharon was appointed to the Welfare Working Group from 2010 to 2011 to review the Welfare System of NZ and was previously appointed as a member of the Child Expert Advisory Group tasked with finding Solutions to Child Poverty. She has advised and participated in the Auckland Social Policy Forum and the Housing Assessment Transfer Focus Group. She was a member of Manukau City Council’s Te Manuka Board and the Safer Community Council and was a founding member of the City of Manukau Education Trust.

In 2018 Sharon was bestowed the title of Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of her 20 year commitment to services to community. In herself, Sharon is a highly motivated professional who is very focused and committed to helping effect positive change in the lives of individuals and families. She is held in high esteem by her associates and peers and is well known for her common sense, no-nonsense approach, a positive can do attitude and her contagious sometimes wicked sense of humor.