Melanie Richards CBE

Deputy Chair, KPMG UK

As deputy chair of KPMG, Melanie Richards CBE works with her fellow board members to drive the Big Four firm’s strategic direction as well as policy positions around the big topics. She leads KPMG’s Vice-Chairs who represent KPMG’s external voice in the market and works alongside our highest-profile clients and key stakeholders, including regulators, industry bodies and the public sector.

Melanie has personally driven a wide range of programmes designed to advance inclusion in the workplace. She has campaigned for the progression of  women and underrepresented minority groups to senior positions for over a decade. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, which is focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership, and in September 2017 she was named #1 in the Financial Times’ Female Champions of Women in Business list. She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Hampton Alexander Review.