Vice-Chair of KPMG Melanie Richards on her career and promoting gender equality
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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