2018 Speakers

Melanie Richards
Deputy Chair and board Member, KPMG UK
Melanie joined KPMG in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice and has more than 30 years of banking experience in bank lending, debt restructuring and capital markets’ instruments. As Deputy Chair she works with the Chairman and Board in setting KPMG’s strategic direction and determining major policy positions. Melanie oversees the stewardship of KPMGand brings the voice of the client to the heart of KPMG’s strategic decisions.She leads KPMG’s Vice-Chairswho represent KPMG’s external voice in the market and works alongside our highest-profile clients and key stakeholders, including regulators, industry bodies and the media. Melanie is a passionate champion of diversity and is a recognised voice on the issue of gender equality. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, a pioneering campaign focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership.
In September 2017 Melanie was named #1 in the FT’s Female Champion of Women in Business list.
In June 2016, Oxford Brookes University awarded Melanie an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration for her many achievements in business and her active promotion of gender equality.
In 2014 she joined the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board.
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