Melanie Richards

Melanie is KPMG’s senior sponsor for inclusion and diversity, and has been championing women in the workplace for over a decade. She has personally driven a wide range of programmes and activity to make progress in this field. Thanks to her efforts, KPMG took the ‘industry first’ step of publishing a detailed diversity profile of KPMG’s workforce in 2014. She has since hosted a panel on KPMG’s published gender pay gap, hosted a session on Disruptive Leadership for International Women’s Day, and championed internal research on social mobility, gender and race. Melanie has been instrumental in establishing KPMG’s Inclusive Leadership Board (ILB), and is the sponsor for ‘GROW’ – KPMG’s 360 degree leadership development programme, designed to advance minority groups, including women, to senior positions. In addition, Melanie continues to support mentor women both within and outside the firm, sharing her knowledge and helping them to build their networks and progress their careers. Externally, she leads KPMG’s Senior Business Women Network – a market-leading group of successful women who gather frequently to discuss business issues and build networks. Melanie is one of the founding members of the 30% Club Steering Committee, and she and KPMG are major supporters of the Hampton-Alexander Review.

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