Grant Guthrie Davidson, 3rd of Davidston
Grant Guthrie Davidson, was recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon as the new Chief of the clan and his inauguration ceremony was held in Christchurch on 9 May 2015.
Clan Chief Grant and his wife Brenda
Grant was born in 1956 in Auckland, NZ. He qualified as a plumber after leaving secondary school and has had a lifelong interest in sport playing representative rugby, tennis, golf and sailing.
He married Brenda Opperman in 1990 and they live in Auckland with their two daughters, Alexandra and Olivia.
Grant Guthrie Davidson, 3rd of Davidston,
Chief of the Name and Arms of Davidson
and Chief of Clan Davidson
Grant and Brenda have lived in many parts of the world stemming from their love and interest in yachting. He competed in the First Sydney/Hobart race in 1979 and went on to complete nine more such races, from 1984 was involved with Americas Cup teams, Kookaburra Australia, Japan, One Australia and managed Chris Dickson’s sailing team Tokio (from the land) in the 1993 Whitbread Round the World race. Grant was the Facilities Manager for the Auckland Viaduct Harbour development, building the team bases and marina and managing the marina operations for both 2000 & 2004 Americas Cups. This was followed by six years in Valencia as the onshore operations manager for the BMW Oracle team. The highlight was being part of the team to win the Americas Cup beating Team Alinghi in 2010. Grant spent the next two years touring Europe and America completing his involvement with the Americas Cup in San Francisco before returning to New Zealand. Grant is now working in project management in the construction industry.
Chief Grant and Family