Vice-Chair of KPMG Melanie Richards on her career and promoting gender equality

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Melanie Richards

Vice-Chairman of KPMG and Oxford Brookes Honorary Graduate Melanie Richards will talk about her distinguished career and work promoting gender equality at a university event on Thursday (16 March).

With March marking Women’s History Month, Melanie will be in conversation with Professor Simonetta Manfredi from the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University.

Simonetta is Acting Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Business School and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University. Her research has focused on women in leadership, work-life balance and age discrimination and retirement policies, she said: “I look forward to the conversation with Melanie Richards and hearing more about her highly successful professional journey. Melanie is a very good friend of Brookes and a great role model for our students.”

Melanie Richards joined KPMG in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice. Throughout her successful career, Melanie has become an influential voice on the issue of gender equality in the workplace both on the national and international stage.

She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee which is focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership. In 2013, she received the Champion Award from Opportunity Now – the gender campaign from Business in the Community – for her contribution to advancing, promoting and embedding a diversity culture within the workplace.

The following year Melanie joined the University of Harvard Women’s Leadership Board. Her work on gender diversity has been instrumental in the recognition of KPMG as one of the top employers for women in 2015.

Professor Manfredi has led a number of research projects funded by organisations such as the European Commission, the former Department of Trade and Industry, the European Social Fund, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Equality Challenge Unit.

Recent projects include a study into the exchange of board-level talent between business and academia, commissioned by the 30% Club Higher Education Working Group and co-sponsored by KPMG.

The event will take place on Thursday 16 March, 6.00pm – 7.00pm in the Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre (JHB208) in the John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus. It is free and open for everyone to attend. Information about how to book your place can be found on the Events webpages.