Melanie Richards | KPMG | UK

Melanie Richards

Deputy Chair KPMG UK and Partner Corporate Finance, Debt Advisory

KPMG in the UK

Melanie was appointed Deputy Chair in October 2017 and works with the Chairman and Board in setting KPMG’s strategic direction and determining major policy positions. 

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. She is also experienced in the origination and execution of a full range of debt capital markets’ products. The debt advisory team has advised on almost 50 billion euros of transactions in the last couple of years with Melanie leading the advice for a number of publicly listed and private companies. 

Melanie was appointed to the KPMG UK Board in 2012 and became Vice Chair in October 2014. 

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. 

Education and qualifications

  • Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, Oxford Brookes University

Accreditation

  • Member of the Harvard Women's Leadership board

Areas of expertise

  • Banking

  • Capital Markets

  • Debt advisory

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