Melanie Richards

Non-Executive Director, Morgan Stanley International

Melanie holds a range of board roles. She is a Non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley International, a member of the boards of the Royal National Theatre and The Invictus Games Foundation and Chair of The Eve Appeal (which funds research and raises awareness of the five gynae cancers). She sits on the advisory boards for both the Centre on AI Technology for Humankind at the National University of Singapore Business School and the UK Government’s Skills and Curriculum Unit (supporting cross sector leadership and collaboration).

With large-scale general management, board and advisory experience, Melanie was until September 2020 the Deputy Chair of KPMG UK, with a period as Acting Chair during the pandemic. Melanie was heavily involved in its continuing transformation in areas such as risk, culture, diversity and inclusion and ESG.

Melanie was awarded a CBE for her contribution to business and to the diversity and inclusion agenda in 2019. She is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, sits on the Steering Group of the FTSE Women Leaders Review and won the Outstanding Contribution to Social Mobility Award in 2018.

In 2017 Melanie was named the number 1 Financial Times Female Champion for Women in Business. She is an Honorary Member of the ICAEW and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business and Administration from Oxford Brookes University.