Mrs Mellisa Bowers

Mellisa Bowers has worked for the Australian Public Service since 2006, having had a broad and experienced career across the Department, working alongside Australian and foreign governments, non-government agencies, international organisations, industry and academia.

Mellisa is the Director Business and Heritage Operations for the Sea Power Centre - Australia, shaping the strategic direction for the future management of the Navy Heritage Collection, heritage infrastructure and resources. Mellisa is working closely with Army, Air Force, Australian and international government agencies, and state and territory museums, to develop best practice methodologies for the curation and conservation of the Navy’s historically valuable artefacts.

Mellisa’s previous experience within Defence includes Director Strategic Policy and Engagement for the Office of Naval Shipbuilding, Deputy Director Joint Experimentation and Wargaming, Assistant Director Policy and Engagement for the 2016 Defence White Paper, and leading the Australian whole-of-government lessons program at the Australian Civil-Military Centre.

Mellisa completed a Masters in Military and Defence Studies at the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) - Australian Defence College, through the Australian National University, and has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from the University of Canberra.

Mellisa co-authored a chapter, ‘A Lessons Framework for Civil-Military-Police Conflict and Disaster Management: An Australian Perspective’, for the Canadian publication Utilizing Evidence-Based Lessons Learned for Enhanced Organizational Innovation and Change (2014), published by IGI Global.

Director Business and Heritage Operations