Melanie Richards is a Partner at KPMG and joined in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice, a team which has advised on circa. €60 billion of debt in the last couple of years. Melanie was appointed to the KPMG UK Board in 2012 and was appointed Vice Chair of KPMG UK in October 2014. She has more than 30 years of banking experience particularly in bank lending and capital markets’ instrument and has advised on a number of large scale financial restructurings.
Prior to joining KPMG, Melanie spent 15 years with NatWest and 3 years with Hambros’ Fixed Income Group where she headed the private placement group. She was active in the origination and execution of a full range of debt capital markets’ products including syndicated loans, private placements, to both US and European institutional investors, public bond issuance and associated interest rate and currency hedging products.
In June 2016, Oxford Brookes University awarded Melanie an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration (HonDBA) for her achievements in the field of international business and for her active promotion of gender equality.
Melanie is a Trustee of two charitable organisations - The Eve Appeal, which funds research into developing effective prediction and detection of gynaecological cancers and Orbis UK, which is focused on blindness prevention and treatment in developing countries. In addition, she is a governor of Eastbourne College.
Melanie is married with two children and when she does have a spare moment she finds enjoyment in running and going to the theatre.