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Dr Heather Melville OBE, CCMI

Senior Managing Director

Dr Heather Melville OBE, CCMI

Heather is a Senior Managing Director, leading the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice.

With a  career spanning over 40 years, Heather brings a wealth of experience across corporate and international banking, technology, and most recently in professional services, which positions her to advise leaders on both the challenges and opportunities in building commercially strong and inclusive businesses.  She has a proven track record of helping companies to attract, develop and retain the very best talent whilst ensuring they create inclusive cultures that nurture innovation.

In 2017, Heather was awarded an OBE for her work, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Portsmouth University, recognising her influence and impact on diversity in business.  In 2021 Heather received the prestigious President’s Medal for leadership from the British Academy of Management.  She holds a number of trustee positions, is Chair of CMI Women, Patron of Women in Banking and Finance and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a global network of C-Suite leaders.

What is the single most important challenge facing clients today and how can we help?

Recovery from the pandemic, together with the ability to attract, retain and develop their own talent.  Access to innovation, technology and inclusion are the key skills successful companies need, and we focus on helping companies to secure talent across these areas of expertise.

How do we keep diversity at the forefront of client discussions?

By building this critical topic into every business discussion we have with our clients so it’s embedded into their business strategies and plans creating action and accountability for inclusion in every UK Boardroom.

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